Close race for school board |

Close race for school board

A surprisingly close race is under way for a seat on the local high school board, with incumbent Corinne Parilo leading challenger Mary Anne Davis by only 47 votes.

Parilo and Davis are candidates for the Nevada Joint Union High School District, Trustee Area 1, which includes the Nevada City area and extends into Camptonville and its surrounding region in Yuba County. In this case, the candidates received votes in both Nevada and Yuba counties.

According to election results posted on the Nevada County Elections Office Web site, Parilo earned 49.81 percent of the vote while Davis got 49.79 percent. In Yuba County, Parilo earned 71.30 percent of the votes, and Davis got 28.70 percent of them.

The results may change once the absentee, provisional and damaged ballots are counted, starting today. By the close of business on Friday, Nevada County Clerk-Recorder Kathleen Smith is expected to announce the number of ballots left to be counted.

Parilo expressed her astonishment at the close race on Wednesday. She attributed the success of her challenger to a well-organized campaign with deeper pockets.

“From my perception, I ran against someone whose campaign was funded through an organized committee,” Parilo said. “I, on the other hand, ran as an independent, funding my own grass-roots campaign totally by myself.

“I was surprised it was this close. Maybe I was spoiled in the last election because of the large margin with which I won. But I am going with the flow here. I have no choice.”

Parilo said she spent a total of $614.17 on her political activity.

“I believe I ran my campaign much like the way I serve on the board – being accessible to the people and having that person-to-person contact,” Parilo said. “Personal contact with the voter is important to me. I am confident in the job I have done. I am guardedly optimistic about the outcome.”

Davis said she “would just like a resolution” to the situation.

“There are a lot of votes left to be counted, and it is by no means over,” she said. “We will just have to wait and see how it goes.”

Davis said she spent about $4,000 on her campaign and received some donations from individuals. She said she was helped by her husband but did not have a formal campaign committee or committee meetings.

“I handled everything mostly on my own,” Davis added.

Despite lagging by a few votes, Davis sounded positive about the situation as a whole.

“For me to do so well against an incumbent, it leads me to believe the community is ready for a change,” she said.


To contact Staff Writer Soumitro Sen, e-mail or call 477-4229.

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