Harris, Gurney win Berlin-Milan elections

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.
Scott Seitz
Jul 25, 2010

 

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.

Comments

Brown is Better...

I wish Jim Brown would have beat out Gurney. He seemed to be more qualified. His education and military experience is great. Congrats to Gurney, but wish BM BOE would be welcoming Jim Brown instead!