Powers leads in CK school board race
June 11, 2008 · Updated 11:37 AM
"LeeAnn Powers ran an energetic campaign for a seat on the Central Kitsap School Board, distibuting brochures at back-to-school open houses, peppering roadsides with signs, and mailing literature to voters.. But she still was surprised when she cleaned up in Tuesday's primary election.As of Thursday, Sept. 20, Powers had received 5,064 votes, or 49.77 percent of those cast. Incumbent John Farbarik was in third place with with 2,255 votes (22.16 percent). Kevin Cummings, who finished second with 2,689 votes (26.43 percent), will face off against Powers in the Nov. 6 election.I think the community sees the value of having an educator on the board and that people are aware of the committee work I've done for the district in the last decade, Powers said.Farbarik also was surprised by the results. Until Monday Sept. 17, he was talking to principals and superintendents about long-term plans for the district, he said.I was stunned, Farbarik said. I didn't expect anything like that at all.He said he plans to stay involved with the district, perhaps by tutoring math in junior highs or high schools. During his years in the Navy, Farbarik obtained a master's degree in engineering from Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., and a doctorate in civil engineering and construction management from the University of Washington. His math skills likely will go to good use. "