Steamboat Springs Robin Crossan, a retired facilities director and disaster recovery planner for Macy's in New York City, was elected the District 4 Steamboat Springs School Board representative Tuesday, defeating incumbent Char Rusk.
Crossan received 54 percent of the vote, and Rusk got 46 percent, based on tallied votes as of 11 p.m. Tuesday.
Crossan has served on the Fund Board, which administers the city's half-cent sales tax for education, since 2002. She said Tuesday night that one of her first priorities would be to conduct a nationwide superintendent search, but Crossan noted that she is relieved the election process is over.
"It's just really so wonderful that it's done," she said. "I'm glad the School Board candidates were able to keep things so civil during the election. : I'm excited, I'm looking forward to doing exactly what I told voters I would do, and that is to put the kids first, find out what the teachers need, support our staff and let the community know what all our successes are."
Rusk, who was appointed in June to fill the District 4 seat vacated when former board member Pat Gleason resigned, congratulated Crossan and said she'd like to thank everyone who supported her through the election process.
"I definitely am looking forward to continuing my support in the schools and staff in Steamboat," she said.
Crossan is one of three candidates, including District 5 candidate Laura Anderson and District 2 candidate Lisa Brown, who campaigned as the "ABCs for Education."
All three candidates won a spot on the School Board as Anderson defeated Jerry Kozatch, while Brown ran uncontested.
"We have many big challenges ahead of us," said Crossan, who noted all five City Council and School Board incumbents lost Tuesday night.
"It's giving a message to the community that people have not been happy with the way things were and that people want to see something new happen," she said. "People are letting the community know that they want us to do some things that are bigger and better."
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