WARREN -- On the night when longtime city school board member Robert Faulkner Sr. was re-elected by a wide margin, three other candidates in Tuesday's general election battled it out for the final seat in what became a razor-thin victory for the other incumbent.
According to incomplete, unofficial results, Regina Patterson received 27.9 percent of the vote, edging challenger Rhonda Bennett, who tallied 27.1 percent.
Faulkner, meanwhile, had no problem retaining his seat, leading all candidates with 33 percent of the vote.
"I have 23 years on the board and I think the community understands, in that time, I've been all about the children," Faulkner said. "I've always been that way."
Bennett, who missed out on her first ever seat with the Warren City Schools Board of Education by just 0.8 percent of the vote, said this result does not defeat her.
"The campaign has been tedious, but it has been worth it," Bennett said. "It was worth it, though, and I anticipate doing a lot of the things I talked about anyway. I will stay active with the schools."
The fourth candidate for a seat was Roderick L. Lewis, who finished with 12 percent of the tally.