Gina Messenger beat Ed Viltz in every single one of Manatee County’s 70 precincts on Tuesday to become the next Manatee County School Board District 1 member, according to statistics posted on the county supervisor of elections website.
Overall, Messenger received 68 percent of the votes cast, with 98,997 ballots in her favor. Viltz earned 32 percent of the vote, with 47,439 votes for him.
Messenger will be sworn in for a four-year term on Nov. 22, replacing Bob Gause who chose not to run for re-election after 10 years on the board. Viltz beat Messenger out by about 400 votes during the August primary in which Viltz and Messenger competed against Linda Schaich and Ed Viltz to move along to the general election.
In the school board District 3 election, where incumbent Dave Miner earned fewer than 2,000 votes more than Misty Servia, the precinct-by-precinct results were much closer. Miner took in 51 percent of the votes, with 78,774 ballots cast in his name. Seriva earned 49 percent of the overall vote, with 76,902 votes.
Miner took 47 of the 70 precincts in the county, many of those by a very close margin of votes, similar to the overall results.
Unlike county commission elections, voters in every district vote in all school board elections, although candidates must live in the district they are running for.
Miner won all but two of the 16 precincts located in District 3. Servia earned more votes than Miner at Emmanuel United Methodist Church and IMG Academy in District 3.
The other four districts were split pretty evenly between the two.