In the District 91 school board race, John Tricoci Jr. won the highest percentage of the vote, exceeding incumbents Francis Mott and Sean Blaylock. Rafael Rosa narrowly lost the election by 1 percent of the vote.
“It’s overwhelming, it’s great,” said Tricoci on his victory. He ran on a platform that included calls for fiscal responsibility, saying at a recent debate that the district has to be careful about how it spends its money. Francis Mott, an incumbent and director of insurance and claims management at Resurrection Health Care Corporation, is opposed to mandatory school district consolidation. He was first elected to the board in 2006.
Blaylock has been on the school board since 2004 and has been vice president of the board since 2006. Of his win, he says he feels honored and looks forward to taking the school board from good to great.
Even with a new member, Blaylock said he doesn’t “see [the school board’s] compass changing direction.”
The board, he said, has six strategic goals in place. These include fiscal responsibility, fostering a safe and nurturing environment, maintaining a staff of highly qualified and diversified educators, keeping facilities up-to-date, keeping communication with the parents and taxpayers open and honest, and continuing to improve the quality of the district’s education.