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Morrissey joins Crow on BOE
Kristin Morrissey, right, watches for election results with Jayne Iglesias on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2010 at Rooster's Cafe in Cumming. Morrissey won the District 2 post on the Forsyth County Board of Education. - photo by Autumn McBride

The vote totals for the races for Forsyth County commission and school board are lower than those of other races because they featured the new district-only election format approved last year by the state.

The setup, which voters supported in a July 2008 referendum, meant voting for the post was limited to residents of the particular district. Previously, candidates had to live in their district, but were elected countywide.

District 1 includes some of Cumming and much of western Forsyth, while District 3 covers the county's southwestern corner. District 2 is made up of much of south Forsyth.

The Forsyth County Board of Education will be welcoming a new member in 2011.

Republican Kristin Morrissey defeated Democrat Camille Fareri for the District 2 seat on the panel.

Morrissey garnered 10,479 votes, or about 87 percent, while Fareri drew 1,578 votes, or about 13 percent.

"I'm looking forward to working with the rest of the board of education and the parents of Forsyth County to take our schools to the next level of excellence," said Morrissey, who will join the board in January.

“I hope to continue working with the parents and the staff to raise our level of achievement and help our students to reach their highest potential.”

Mike Dudgeon currently holds the school post. He did not seek re-election, instead successfully running for the state House seat from District 24.

Fareri said the campaign experience was “interesting.”

“I wish Kristin the best of luck and I’m glad I did it,” Fareri said. “I’m dedicated to the school system and to education, so I’ll just keep plugging along.”

Republican Ann Crow weathered a challenge in the July Republican primary, but did not face Democratic opposition Tuesday to retain her District 1 post on the school board.

"I'm very pleased to be able to serve for four more years, and I'm looking forward to working with the new board member," said Crow, who will be entering her third term.

"I think that we have a challenge ahead to keep going in the right direction and face the challenges of the economy, and hope that we can work with state legislators to make education a priority again in the state."