The Edmond Sun

February 11, 2014

Benson tops Bills in Edmond race

Patty Miller
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Two candidates faced off Tuesday for Edmond Board of Education Seat 4 and Cynthia Benson topped Stephanie Bills in the race.

Benson received 216 votes (57.6 percent) and her opponent Bills received 159 votes (42.4 percent).

There are 17,727 total registered voters in Edmond Public Schools District 4, according to the Oklahoma County Election Board, and of that number 280 voters turned out to vote Tuesday. Total voters numbered 375 with 91 absentee ballots cast (36 for Benson and 55 for Bills) and four voters (one for Benson and three for Bills) casting their votes early.

One candidate must receive 50 percent plus 1 vote of the total ballots cast to be named the winner, said Doug Sanderson, County Election Board secretary.

“I want to thank my friends and supporters who have encouraged me and helped me with the campaign,” Benson said. “I look forward to working with the board and the administration to accomplish the Edmond Public School mission of ‘Empowering All Students for Success’. In the last two months, I have been to hundreds of doors and met some wonderful people. Many have shared with me their experiences with Edmond Public Schools. These conversations have helped shape my perspective on the opportunities and challenges that we face. I look forward to getting started.”  

Benson ran stating some of the biggest challenges facing the school board are funding and reform fatigue being felt by the teachers.

“We need to figure out a way to keep our teachers by offering support and encouragement,” Benson said, “but it is also our job to give them the tools to implement the changes that they are expected to fulfill.”

She and her husband, Brent, have two children, Blake and Grant, who attend Edmond schools. | 341-2121, ext. 171