- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 5, 2014

WYOMING, Mich. (AP) - A Godfrey-Lee School Board candidate has been told she cannot legally concede in a tie for the last available seat.

Josephine Coleman said Wednesday that she wants to concede to incumbent Robert Baker Jr., who’s seeking his second six-year term. But state law requires the winner to be determined through a series of steps. The process will begin with the Kent County Board of Canvassers, which will certify the election, and could end with a coin flip and drawing.

“If the person who wins chooses not to take office, it does not automatically go to the other person,” Kent County Elections Director Susan deSteiguer said.

A candidate cannot concede if they win an election legally, she told The Grand Rapids Press (https://bit.ly/1Ej72Di ).

Both Coleman and Baker received 296 votes in the general election as of Tuesday night. Incumbent Tammy Schafer and newcomer David Blok secured the other open seats on the seven-member board.

“My goal in pursuing a board seat was to make sure kids in our district are being looked after in the proper manner,” Coleman said. “My husband and I have always wanted our children and every child to have every avenue afforded to succeed.”

She has a son who’s currently attending Lee High School.

“I want good people on the board to make sure that every child has those opportunities,” she said. “Robert is a very good person and board member.”

Coleman is one of the most active parents in the school district, according to Superintendent David Britten.

“She is everywhere in this district.”


Information from: The Grand Rapids Press, https://www.mlive.com/grand-rapids

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