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School board incumbents win primaries

Results from Tuesday’s primary election show challengers will face an uphill battle should they wish to unseat a pair of incumbents on the Bremerton School District Board of Directors.

Current board members DeWayne Boyd and Cynthia Galloway fared well in the vote, holding off a pair of opponents in each case. Galloway fell just short of getting half the vote with about 48 percent. Her predecessor on the board, a man she beat out four years ago, Lonnie Dawson gathered 33 percent of the tally and will face Galloway in November’s general election. Cory Underwood was eliminated after receiving 19 percent of the vote.

Boyd looks as if he could be in a tight race in November with Beverly Buster. Boyd was the top vote getter at 42 percent, followed by Buster at 34 percent and Curtis McVey’s 24 percent. McVey will not move on to the general election.

However, Boyd is not concerned by the tallies as he said he made little effort in campaigning for the primary.

“This is pretty much what I expected,” he said. “I’m holding off to make my push in the general election.”

Buster said she was encouraged by her success and the fact that the challengers in the race earned about 57 percent of the vote.

“I’m very grateful for the high amount of voter support I received and hope for success in the general election,” Buster said.

Galloway was pleased with the result and looks forward to continuing her work on the board.

“I’m excited and I’m real thrilled for the citizens of Bremerton School District,” Galloway said. “They want change and they want to see progress.”

Galloway said she will continue her platform emphasizing continued student success, progress and achievement.

“I would like to thank all the voters in the district for all their support,” she said.

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