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November 7, 2012

Daniels unseats Minton in Pulaski school board race

Somerset —  

Tuesday’s General Election saw one Pulaski County School Board member unseated, another stay on, and in yet another race a battle of newcomers.
Brandy Daniels staged the upset of the evening when she beat incumbent Olivia Minton by a count of 1,622 votes to 1,411, or 53 percent vs. 47 percent. Minton, the wife of former Pulaski County Schools Superintendent Bert Minton, came on the board in 2008.
Daniels took the District 1 seat away on Tuesday, however. An involved parent of four children, three currently in the school system — two at Southern Elementary, one at Southern Middle — Daniels has served on parent advisory groups with the central office, site-based decision making councils, and spent a lot of time as a parent volunteer.
“I put my heart into it,” she said of her race. “I knew I was going to work hard because I knew (Minton) was going to work hard, but I was willing to do the work. ... She ran a good race.”
Daniels thanked the voters “100 percent” and her supporters for going door-to-door and putting out signs and making phone calls. She said that she “prayerfully considered” the decision to run for the school board but decided to do so having a “vested interest” in what’s going on within the school system.
“My reason for running was doing what’s the best for kids,” she said. “I have no political background, no hidden agenda.”
She added that she’s “not tied to the current administration” running the school district, and will oppose it if she ever feels they aren’t “doing what needs to be done for our kids, but if they are, then I’m behind them 100 percent,” she said.
Daniels became associated with a website called protectpcschools.com, promoting her and the other two winners, Jim Wilson and Dr. Michael Citak. Wilson became embroiled in political controversy with Minton, who accused Wilson in advertisements of attacking her personally as part of the campaign.

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