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Eardley, Fedorchak Earn Seats on the Mehlville School Board

Eardley was the top vote-getter with 3,260 votes, according to unofficial results.

Mehlville school board candidates and combined for more than 56 percent of the vote, earning them two spots on the board.

Eardley garnered the most votes with 3,260 when 48 of 48 precincts were counted in the St. Louis County unofficial election results Tuesday night. Fedorchak followed with 2,849. The two other candidates,  and , earned 2,645 and 1,895 votes respectively.

Voters chose two out of the four candidates to serve a three-year term on the Mehlville School Board Tuesday. Countywide, 13.8 percent of voters came out for the election. 

Eardley said she was excited after learning about the win via text message as she was in a class for her masters in education when the results came in.

“Hey, campaigning works! We did mailers that went out to 5,700 households and we did two robocalls and met with groups and people around town,” she said. “My dad and brother were unbelievable (Jim Murphy and Jamey Murphy).”

Eardley is eager to get started on the board, adding that she enjoyed getting to know people in the community through campaigning.

“My next move is to get to know the board and get to know what’s important to everyone on the board—get to know the concerns of the community, they’re important as are the students,” she said.

Fedorchak said the win was bittersweet, as he ran on a platform with Wainz.

“I think the community got the message that Mike and I were pro-education because percentage-wise, we stayed together all night,” he said. “I look forward to continuing (on the board). The ; the is something we’re going to have a lot of work to do on, whether or not to roll it all out to all the students all at once.”

in July after former member . This will be his first three-year term and Fedorchak said he looked forward to serving it with Eardley.

“I’m just interested to see what she wants to accomplish, she never really spelled out anything. I look forward to working with her,” he said.

“I think Ron and Kathleen ran an outstanding campaign,” Wainz said after the results came in. “They did a good job and I wish them the best of luck.”

Wainz said he didn’t see himself running again in the immediate future, but wants to get more involved in the Special School District, where his two oldest children attend programs. He said he was grateful for the help he received as well as the knowledge of the community he's gained.

“I want to thank Ron Fedorchak first and foremost for his help with everything and every last member of the board, because they’ve all been great with me,” he said. “It’s given me an opportunity to go out and talk to a lot of folks, a lot of groups, a lot of different teachers, parent organizations that I hadn’t necessarily had a chance to do before.”

Candidate

Number of Votes

Percentage of Vote

Ron Fedorchak

2,849

26.67

Mike Wainz

2,645

24.76

Kathleen Eardley

3,260

30.52

Fred Padberg

1,895

17.74

Write-in

33

.31

*St. Louis County unofficial results

Mike Baker April 04, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Congrats to Ron on his upcoming 3 year term. Kathleen, I am sorry, I did not vote for you but I wish you well. However, I am concerned that your first order of business is to "get to know what’s important to everyone on the board—get to know the concerns of the community". This task should have been completed prior to winning a seat on the board...
Paul Anderson April 04, 2012 at 01:31 PM
It seems that if you are a part of a community, you should know what their concerns are.... I hope Mrs Eardley is more like the educated person that her background tells us, than the puppet she comes across as.
Don Smith April 04, 2012 at 01:40 PM
I'd rather have her be a puppet of the people than a puppet of the teachers unions.
Don Smith April 04, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Congratulations to both newly elected members. Perhaps Mike and Paul can be respectful because they are not helping Ron build a relationship with Katie and maybe making the newly elected voting member not want to ever vote in a way that they would like. After all, she won by one of the largest margen of any race. And let's remember, she beat Ron by several hundred votes.
Bob McKitrick April 04, 2012 at 02:00 PM
My previous comment aside. I do offer my sincere congratulations to Ron and Katie. Being a school board member is a tough and sometimes thankless job, and I am happy that you are giving of your time and talent to serve the children in our community. Best of luck to both of you. I'm confident you'll represent our community well.
Bob McKitrick April 04, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Anyone who thinks that ANY member of the Mehlville Board of Education (both current and future) is a puppet of teacher's unions is woefully out of touch with those members. I've been living in South County for a long time (in Lindbergh, then Mehlville) and I'd never describe any of those Board members of being puppets to anyone, especially labor unions. Chicago or New York school systems, sure, I'll give you that. But South County in St. Louis is a long way from that.
Mike Baker April 04, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Mr Smith: I was being respectful. I wished her well in her upcoming term. I am only concerned because it seems she didn't do her due diligence and find out about the board's interest or gauge the community's concerns prior to her winning the seat. I don't think any of these board members are puppet's to the teachers union and to me, your remark is disrespectful to those current board members. If you are that concerned, please plan to attend the next board meeting.
Don Smith April 04, 2012 at 04:34 PM
So you didn't support Elaine Powers, correct Mike?
Mike Baker April 04, 2012 at 05:21 PM
I am sure you are leading me down a path to blast me, but I will play along...Yes, I supported Elaine for what she stood for and her work history. I was concerned about where she was headed back in August and September as I feel she was not standing up for her own beliefs and her voice was not being heard. But that is what's great about our system. We have the ability to speak what we feel. Unfortunately some people take it as though we are attacking the other candidates if we don't agree with them or their constituents. I am not attacking Mrs. Eardley nor am I attacking you. I am exercising my right to speak how I feel, and being respectful to all concerned.
Don Smith April 04, 2012 at 05:41 PM
When Ms. Powers won her election and was asked what now she said that her priority is to educate herself on the board's duties. So were you concerned when Ms. Powers got elected and said "I have to learn the mechanics of how the board works and how school districts work in general" and "I've done a lot of background research and worked with boards, but need to move forward in getting to know more people in the district" ??? Have you been consistent over the years in your criticism or is this a new concern for a candidate that you didn't support and your trying to convince someone of God knows what? And the beauty of the process is, what ever you say, the people have spoken, overwhemingly.
Mike Baker April 04, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Mr. Smith: I am not concerned about learning the "mechanics of the board". Anyone would have to learn that. I am concerned of Mrs. Eardley's quote of learning "what's important to the board and the concerns of the community." Since I do have children in the district, I have become more involved over the last few years. Anyone who doesn't seem to have researched the concerns of the board they are going to serve on or talk to the community in which they live, I will question their thoughts on why they are running. I am not trying to convince anyone of anything. These are my own thoughts. No, I didn't support Mrs. Eardley. I have my reasons, just as you have yours. Are you trying to convince people that she will do a good job or just yourself? She hasn't even been sworn in and already there seems to be some spin control that she won. I truly hope she does well. She has a lot to learn just as every new board member does. I don't want to see anyone fail at something they have a desire to do in their life.
Bryan Andrews April 11, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Looks like a light turnout.

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