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