Four candidates vied for the open Smyrna Board of Education seat in the May 14 election, but Smyrna High graduate Kristi L. Lloyd walked away the victor with 55.24 percent of the vote.

The seat is a five-year term; board president Lynne Newlin currently holds the seat but chose not to seek re-election.

The Department of Elections for Kent County official results for the election show Lloyd had 269 votes. Candidate Andrea Hodge had 129 votes and 26.49 percent of the vote. Candidate Cherylann Borrelli had 52 votes, and 10.68 percent of the vote. Candidate Karen Minner had 37 votes, and 7.6 percent of the vote.

"I'm very thankful for everyone who came out to vote," Lloyd said.

Lloyd also said she's thankful for the other three candidates – Hodge, Borrelli, and Minner – who ran a good race and campaigned on behalf of the students, teachers and members of the Smyrna/Clayton communities.

Lloyd said she's always loved living in Smyrna and being a part of the community.

"I never thought I'd run for the school board, but I'm thankful to those that encouraged me to run and believed in me and those that voted me into this position," she said. "I'm very excited to be joining an experienced board and to be a part of the team."

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