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April 2, 2013

Roberts edges by for Deer Creek School Board win

EDMOND — Dreary skies, intermittent rain and cold temperatures may have kept some voters from going to the polls Tuesday to fill Deer Creek Public Schools Ward 3 School Board seat.

Of the 663 votes cast (including absentee votes), Jerrod Roberts received a total of 350 votes or 52.8 percent of the votes cast.

His opponent, Keri Shipley, garnered a total of 313 votes, or 47.2 percent of the votes cast, according to the Oklahoma County Election Board.

Roberts said, “I think it was very close, and a testament to the qualifications of my opponent. I am thankful for the support, and I am ready to get in there and go to work. It’s a great transition time for Deer Creek and hopefully we can have a positive influence on our students.”

Roberts is president and CEO of Flourish Integrative Pharmacy in Oklahoma City, and he said, “there is no better investment in a life than children.”  

In an earlier interview, Roberts said one of the inherent challenges of the Deer Creek school district has been managing the growth of students over the past several years.

Roberts said he wants to be a stronger influence in the Deer Creek school system and help offer all the students opportunities to excel in their passion, whatever that may be. He believes it is everyone’s responsibility to build an environment where students can succeed in many areas of the educational experience.

As the district continues to grow, Roberts said safety must remain a top concern as well as academics, inclusion, athletics and Fine Arts.

Shipley said, “I want to say thank you for my voters and their support and for them taking them time to get out and vote in the rainy weather we have had off and on today. I also want to thank them for their kind words. I truly have the finest support system anywhere, and I just want to thank them for supporting me.”

The post was originally held by David Miller who had said he was running for only one term. School board terms are for five years.

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