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Graham Captures Subdistrict 1 Seat; Subdistrict 3 Seat Subject to Recount

April 04, 2012

Doris A. Graham, Ph.D.  
Doris A. Graham, Ph.D.

The contest for the Subdistrict 1 seat on the St. Louis Community College Board of Trustees was anything but, and the race for the Subdistrict 3 seat was one of the most closely contested in the college’s 50-year history.

 

Retired educator Doris A. Graham, Ph.D, was the clear-cut winner in the Subdistrict 1 race. Graham unofficially captured 12,861 votes, more than double the amount claimed by runner-up Daryl Cothran (6,157). Philip Smith finished third with 4,650 votes; Theodis Brown Sr. was fourth with 3,160.

 

Subdistrict 1 includes the Hazelwood, Ferguson/Florissant, Riverview Gardens, Jennings, Pattonville, Ritenour, University City, Normandy, Clayton and Ladue school districts. Graham will serve a six-year term.

 

Joan McGivney  
Joan McGivney

The Subdistrict 3 race unofficially was decided by fewer than 100 votes. Joan McGivney, former Southwestern Bell Corp. employee who owns a company that manufactures and distributes a children’s geography game, captured 6,997 votes, just 96 more than incumbent retiree Bob Burns. Burns was appointed by the board to fill the seat vacated by the resignation of JoAnn Ordinachev in December 2011.

 

Subdistrict 3 includes southern and southwest portions of St. Louis City and the Maplewood-Richmond Heights, Affton, Bayless, Brentwood, Kirkwood and Webster Groves school districts.

 

Bob Burns  
Bob Burns

Voters in both St. Louis City and County cast ballots for this seat. The St. Louis County vote margin differed by less than 1 percent – 6,199 were cast for McGivney and 6,185 for Burns. According to state statute Burns has the right to seek a recount.

 

The winner will serve for the one-year balance of Ordinachev’s term, which expires in 2013. An election to fill the seat for a full six-year term will take place in April 2013.