School board race with no candidates raises questions

Published 2:57 pm Monday, October 19, 2020

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Voters preparing to fill out a ballot in Cumberland County’s 4th district will encounter a likely puzzling question they may not have been prepared to answer.

The 4th District Cumberland County School Board seat appears to be up for grabs, but there are no names for official candidates on the ballot. Residents must write in a name.

Currently sitting in the 4th District School Board seat is county resident Leigh McCrea, who has served in the role since July of this year. McCrea was appointed to the board after former board member Wendy Tillet resigned from her seat in order to accept the position of Cumberland Elementary School assistant principal.

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McCrea said she would like to retain her seat on the board, but was not able to obtain the 125 signatures needed to get on the ballot. She is, however, running a write-in campaign and is prepared to represent the district and serve should she be elected.

McCrea also serves on the Cumberland County Public School Safety Advisory Committee.