Photo by Martin van den Hemel
After the first couple of ballot boxes were counted, it looked like there could be several new trustees on the Richmond Board of Education who ran on anti-SOGI platforms.
But by the end of the night, it appeared there would be some change to the board, but nothing so drastic that it could shift the district’s sexual orientation and gender identity policy intended to protect students.
Although the results weren’t official early Sunday morning, it appeared that both Alice S. Wong and Eric Yung would not be returning to the board.
Instead, Heather Larson and Richard Lee would be taking their spots, with only the latter indicating he was anti-SOGI.
Ken Hamaguchi was at the top of the polls, with Sandra Nixon and Donna Sargent rounding out the top three.
In addition to Heather Larson, incumbent Debbie Tablotney appeared to be in a good position for a return, with Norm Goldstein leading Karina Reid by a slim margin of 212 votes for the seventh and final spot on the board.
This was with 43 of 44 voting place locations counted, and the uncertainty that comes from a corrupt memory stick, which means advance voting on Oct. 6 needs to be recounted.