By SALLY SEXTON
Tuesday’s voting tallies signified an extremely tight race for State Board of Education District 11 candidates in the Republican primary.
Incumbent Pat Hardy, of Weatherford, came out slightly ahead, with a district total of 49.57 percent of votes, while newcomer Eric Mahroum, of Fort Worth, came close with 43.51 percent of voting. Candidate Lady Theresa Thombs, of North Richland Hills, finished with 6.9 percent.
Because no candidate received 50 percent of the votes, Hardy and Mahroum, with the highest totals, will go head-to-head once again in a run-off election in May.
“I’m thrilled with the support I got from Parker County voters,” Hardy said. “Unfortunately, there aren’t as many people in Parker County as there are in Tarrant County.”
Local results showed that Hardy received 5,986 votes, or 56.31 percent, in the county.
“There were a lot of people taken out who were supporters of public education,” Hardy said of other primary results.
“Public school is really going to face some interesting challenges, because of the loss of [State Rep.] Diane Patrick and [State Rep. Bennett] Ratliff. “All of these people have been big champions of public schools and there is a movement to weaken the support of public schools.”
The State Board of Education District 11 run-off is Tuesday, May 27.
“It’s really important for people to pay attention and do their research,” Hardy said of voters.
“I’ve found that it’s very easy to work with Eric and I hope that we will keep it very clean like we have so far.”
An email left for Mahroum was not returned by press time.