School board position to be decided in runoff

Matt Johnson, left, and Casey Motl, right

By The Arkadelphian

The seat for Arkadelphia Board of Education Zone 1 will be decided in a runoff election.

A runoff election happens when more than two candidates seek the same position and there is no majority winner. To win in such an election, one of the candidates must secure 50 percent of the ballot plus one vote. In the case of the Arkadelphia school board election, incumbent Casey Motl, who serves as the board president, took 168 votes, while challengers Matt Johnson and Sharon Adams took 191 votes and 106 votes, respectively.

Percentage-wise, Johnson carried the majority in the election with 41 percent of the votes. Motl secured 36 percent of the votes, and Adams took in 23 percent of the votes.

Motl and Johnson will square off in June to see which candidate secures the majority vote.

The runoff election will be held June 14-21.

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