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Incumbent treasurer, Boys and Girls Club director elected to Jefferson City school board

Incumbent treasurer, Boys and Girls Club director elected to Jefferson City school board

April 3rd, 2019 by Phillip Sitter in Local News

Stephanie Johnson, left, with friends and supporters Kathi Harness, center, and Tami Turner, watch election returns Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at O'Donoghue's Steaks and Sea Food in Jefferson City. Johnson won one of two available seats on the Jefferson City Public Schools Board of Education.

Photo by Mark Wilson /News Tribune.

Cole and Callaway county voters selected Lorelei Schwartz and Stephanie Johnson to be members of Jefferson City Public Schools' Board of Education for two available three-year term positions in Tuesday's municipal election.

Schwartz was the incumbent JCPS board treasurer and said Tuesday night that she's looking forward to continuing her service.

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"Humbled and honored and so very excited," Johnson said of how she felt. Johnson is the executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Jefferson City.

Schwartz received 30.8 percent of the vote overall, and Johnson received 30.2 percent.

The four candidates on the ballot for the Board of Education also included Steve Brown and Jessica Green.

"Most people know that I work really hard and that I'm passionate about my work," Schwartz said of what brought people out to vote for her.

Johnson said voters connected with the parts of her campaign about "talking about the importance of climate and culture among our schools — people want to ensure that our teachers are satisfied in their work place," as well as the need for enhanced behavioral health services for students.

She added that she hopes the discussion about diversity and vocational opportunities also resonated with people.

Johnson said her campaign used Facebook and word of mouth, and added that people also saw that she was speaking from experience and the heart.

Schwartz said she has a lot of tax clients who know her, but she did not have to reach out to them much because they know the kind of person she is.

"I think they voted for me because they know I'm going to work hard" and do the right thing, Schwartz said.

Green said of her campaign: "It was a good run. I'm so grateful for the experience," and grateful for the support.

She said she would run again in the future — maybe not next year, but maybe in a couple of years.

Green also said she thought people connected with the platforms of her campaign, and that people were listening — as evidenced by the fact she didn't trail too far behind, she said.

The News Tribune attempted to contact Brown, but did not immediately receive a response Tuesday night.

This article was edited at 9:50 p.m. April 2, 2019, to add comments from Jessica Green.