On Tuesday, May 18 residents of the Milford School District went to the polls and voted for two contested seat for the Milford School Board. The At-Large seat was a contested race between three candidates: Barry R. Fry, Regina Williams, and Gary Wolfe. The seat to represent Area “D” was a contested race between candidates Eugene H. Rust and Dean Johnson . At the end of the day Barry Fry and Eugene Rust came out the victors.
At-Large candidate Barry Fry won his election by a margin of 73.45% (570 out of a total of 776 votes) defeating opponents Regina Williams (159 votes) and incumbent Gary Wolfe (47 votes). Mr. Fry was an Agricultural Teacher at Milford Senior High School from 1971-2009 while also serving as F.F.A. Advisor and has over 38 years of experience with the Milford School District.
“I’m honored and very appreciative of all the help and support I had,” stated Mr. Fry. “There have been a large number of incumbents unseated across the state and I believe that indicates that people would like to see some change.”
During the campaign Mr. Fry articulated that he wants to take on the issues of Race to the Top requirements, State testing and funding in addition to finding a strong, outgoing Superintendent that can bring consistency, unity and pride to the Milford District.
“I will work on increasing community involvement and making sure we provide enough materials for teachers to do what they need to do,” commented Fry.
Area “D” candidate Eugene Rust defeated Dean Johnson by a margin of 63.74% (443 out of a total of 695 votes). Rust is a retired electrical technician with over 30 years of experience with the Milford School District.
“I honestly think the election showed that we need a change in the district,” stated Mr. Rust. “If you have ever worked in the district, which Mr. Fry and I both have, you take pride in the Milford School District. When you start to see it deteriorate, you want to fix it.”
During the campaign, Mr. Rust expressed his concern over the amount of administrative staff and teachers leaving the district and their reasons why. During his new term, he pledges to find a solution for this and work to increase the level of community involvement and communication between the public and the district.
“The main thing is to stabilize the morale in the district,” commented Rust. “It seems that the community showed on Tuesday that they are dissatisfied with what is going on. I want to involve the community as much as possible.”
Rust and Fry will each serve 5-year terms on the Milford School Board and be sworn in on Monday, July 9 in the Board Room at the Milford Middle School at 7pm. For complete election results visit The Kent County Department of Election’s Official Tally Results at http://electionskc.delaware.gov/.