Yorktown school board winner declared ineligible because he was not registered to vote
May 18, 2010 at 12:18 a.m.
YORKTOWN - Alex Campbell, who received more votes than any other candidate in the May 8 Yorktown school board election, has been ruled ineligible because he was not a registered voter at the time he applied to seek the office.
School board members voted 7-0 during regular session Monday night to declare Campbell ineligible and tabled a decision to make an appointment to fill the position.
Campbell addressed board members before the vote.
"I told them I thought I was registered. It was not something that was intentional," Campbell told the Advocate by telephone Tuesday afternoon. "I had been registered at one time, but was in the military and my status became inactive."
He has since registered to vote, about 10 days before the election.
The 32-year-old, who received 208 votes in the race among four candidates for three seats on the school board, said he hopes the trustees will name him to the vacant seat.
"I worked hard, and I hope they will take that into consideration," he said. "I put myself out there and I want to serve."
Also during the May 8 election, incumbent Jerry Steves received 119 votes and was returned to office. Votes for the third seat resulted in a tie between two incumbents, Joyce Eichhorn and H.R. Krause with 90 votes each.
On Monday night, Eichhorn submitted a resignation of candidacy that was accepted by the board and Krause was declared the winner of the seat.
Board officers were also elected with Boyd Weise re-elected president, Barry Watson, vice president and Nelda Sertuche, secretary.