Chadbourne, Moore lead in Central Point races
Two contested races for the Central Point School District 6 board were relatively close after late returns Tuesday.
Results for the Position 1 seat showed Autumn Chadbourne, 39, a provider relations specialist for Jackson Care Connect, leading C.J. Shipley, 39, a commercial insurance broker, by less than 200 votes.
Chadbourne had 53 percent, or 1,523 votes, to Shipley's 1,335, or almost 46.5 percent.
In the Position 2 race between incumbent Bret Moore and newcomer Melissa Cantwell, Moore was leading 60 percent to 40 percent, with 1,827 votes to 1,212 for Cantwell.
Chadbourne said her primary focus is to ensure students feel safe and welcome at schools free of bullying and harassment — via support of school-based wellness centers — and to encourage schools to adopt a concept dubbed “trauma informed care.”
She also said she'd like to work with teachers and administrators, and see teachers working in teams, to identify students who are at risk.
Moore, a third-generation builder who developed the Twin Creeks transit-oriented community, said he wanted to use his eight years of experience on the board and his business background to help ensure solid leadership for an already well run district.
"I'm looking forward to another term," Moore said. "I like working with all of our staff in the district. We have a lot of great things happening and we are looking forward to much more.
"We have innovative people working throughout the district, and it is exciting to see what new things they come up with to engage our children," he said. "I also think it is important to keep a certain level of continuity on the board."
Position 4 incumbent Jolee Wallace, who was uncontested, maintained her seat with 2,523 votes. Election results showed 22 write-in ballots were submitted.