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Harris, Gurney win Berlin-Milan elections

Scott Seitz • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:00 PM

Jodi R. Harris and Donald Gurney were elected to the Berlin-Milan board of education in Tuesday’s general election.

Harris, an incumbent, was the leading vote-getter, while Gurney edged James Brown for the second seat.

“I’m very humbled the people are putting their trust in me,” Gurney said Tuesday night. “It’s a good feeling right now.”

Gurney said now the work starts.

“You can’t take on new responsibility in office without a period of learning,” Gurney said. “There’s good people on the board now to learn from, with a lot of experience.”

Gurney had served two terms on Milan Village Council.

Brown said he was a little disappointed in the election results.

“I would have liked to have served,” Brown said. “But I met the candidates at a candidates’ night at Edison High School and was impressed with the other candidates. I’m confident they will do a good job. I wish them well and will support them any way I can.”

Brown said he would consider running for school board in the future.

“Absolutely,” he said. “The reason I ran at first was because no one had taken out petitions for the empty seat.”

Board member Steve Tinnel had chosen not to seek re-election.

“I was then happy when three people were running for the two spots because it is nice when the voters have a choice.”

Harris could not be reached for comment.

Gurney and Harris join Carla Rospert, Mark Miller, and James Mark Suhanic on the board that meets at 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month.

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