Indian River incumbents reign in school board elections

SUSSEX COUNTY – Unofficially, Indian River School District board of education incumbents ruled in Tuesday’s elections as Charles Bireley, James Fritz Jr. and James Hudson were winners.

Longtime coach James Hudson holds a Certificate of Recognition, recognizing  his induction into the Delaware High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame. The award was presented by Indian River School District school board president Charles Bireley and Indian River Superintendent Dr. Susan Bunting. (Sussex County Post/Glenn Rolfe).

Charles Bireley, presently in his 38th year serving on the Indian River School District board of education, was one of three incumbents to win re-election to the Indian River board in Tuesday’s elections.

Mr. Bireley, currently in his 38th year serving on the Indian River board, received 410 votes in turning back challenges by Gregory Goldman (180 votes) and Judith Teoli (94) in the District 4 race.

In District 1 where two seats were up for grabs, Mr. Hudson received 160 votes and Mr. Fritz landed 146 to out-poll challenger Miguel Pirez-Fabar, who received 30 votes.

Incumbent IRSD board member Shaun Fink was unopposed in securing a term in District 2.

All board terms are five years, running July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2020.

Elsewhere across Sussex County, incumbents emerged victorious.

In the Woodbridge School District race, Walter Gilefski topped Bernard Carr, 138-98 and in Laurel, incumbent D. Brent Nichols defeated Kim Trivits 288-168.

Two seats in the Cape Henlopen district were decided, with Roni Posner earning another term, topping Jose Saez 1,330 to 1,206 for the “At Large” seat, while Jason Bradley defeated Dr. Gary Wray 1,564 to 679 in Cape’s “B” Area.

Results provided Tuesday night by the Sussex County Department of Elections are unofficial, pending final certification Wednesday.

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