ST. LOUIS – From a field of 10 candidates to fill three seats on the St. Louis Public Schools board, the top voter-getter outpaced her nearest competitors by nearly four percentage points. Natalie Vowell racked up 20,488, or 15.85 percent, of the votes.
Following Vowell was Antionette Cousins, with 15,449 votes, or 11.98 percent. The third successful candidate was Matt Davis, with 14,903 votes, or 11.55 percent.
Only 45 votes separated Davis from the top unsuccessful candidate: Alisha Sonnier received 14,858 votes and 11.52 percent. Closely following Sonnier were Emily Hubbard (14,791 votes, 11.47 percent) and Daffney Moore (14,096, 10.47 percent).
In the lower ranks were David Merideth at 10,944 and 8.49 percent; William Haas, 10,182 and 7.89 percent; David Jackson, 7,045 and 5.46 percent; and finally J.L. Quinones, 5,566 and 4.32 percent.
Also, 696 ballots were cast for write-in candidates; that accounted for 0.54 percent of the vote total.
Haas’ name was on the ballot, but he died last Wednesday (March 31, 2021) of what was thought to be a heart attack, while swimming. He was 76.