Resler with­draws from Christina School Board race

Newark Post - - Lo­cal News - By JES­SICA IAN­NETTA jian­netta@ches­pub.com

Af­ter ini­tially fil­ing for re­elec­tion last month, Christina School Board mem­ber David Resler with­drew his can­di­dacy last week and de­cided not to seek a third term.

Resler’s with­drawal cedes his District F seat to his wouldbe-chal­lenger Meg Ma­son, a for­mer Maclary El­e­men­tary School prin­ci­pal, and Resler is just fine with that.

“I think the pri­mary rea­son [I with­drew] is that we have another can­di­date in this district that is very ca­pa­ble, com­pe­tent and has the abil­ity to learn the board roles,” he said. “That gives me peace of mind that it’s time to exit.”

Resler has served on the Christina board for al­most 10 years but said his job as an ac­count ex­ec­u­tive at CPower Cor­po­ra­tion, a po­si­tion he took two years ago, has made it in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult to bal­ance his work and board mem­ber re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. Still, he filed for re-elec­tion about a week and a half be­fore the March 4 dead­line be­cause it looked like no one else was go­ing to step up and he didn’t want the seat to be va­cant.

But when Ma­son filed about three days af­ter him, Resler be- gan to re­con­sider his can­di­dacy. Ma­son had ap­proached Resler about run­ning for school board a few years ago, af­ter she re­tired from Maclary, so Resler said he knew her in­ter­est was real.

“I think the make-up of the board is go­ing to be fine,” he said. “And I know she has a gen­uine in­ter­est in the seat.”

The large num­ber of up­com­ing elec­tion fo­rums — nine are sched­uled between now and the May 10 elec­tion — didn’t play a role in his de­ci­sion to drop out, though Resler ad­mit­ted it would have been a lit­tle dif­fi­cult to get to all of those. But it would have only been a mi­nor in­con­ve­nience, and Resler ap­plauded all the in­ter­est in the pri­mary and the vot­ers’ de­sire to learn more about the can­di­dates.

With Resler’s with­drawal, the only con­tested race in Christina is for the District F seat in which Boys & Girls Club staff mem­ber De­siree Brady is chal­leng­ing in­cum­bent El­iz­a­beth Paige.

While the school board is com­prised of one mem­ber from each of the seven elec­toral ar­eas in the school district, any­one who lives in the district can vote in the May 10 elec­tion, even if they don’t live in the elec­toral ar­eas with open seats.

Ma­son and the win­ner of the District F seat will be­gin their five-year terms on July 1.

NEWARK POST FILE PHOTO

David Resler has de­cided not to run for re­elec­tion to the Christina School District Board of Ed­u­ca­tion.

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