Monika Johnson-Hostler extended her lead in the final stages of vote counting Tuesday night to hold off Matt Scruggs in the contest for the District 2 seat on the Wake County Board of Education.
Democrat Johnson-Hostler won 53.7 percent of the vote to defeat Scruggs in a race that saw more than 9,300 ballots cast.
The win allows Johnson-Hostler to succeed John Tedesco on the school board. Tedesco, who decided not to run for re-election has been an outspoken critic of busing and an advocate for neighborhood schools.
Johnson-Hostler also supported a school construction bond that was on the ballot today.
Voters approved the $810 million school construction bond which will have significant ramifications for Garner-area schools including construction of a new high school south of Garner and a $67 million renovation of Garner High School.
Voters passed the bond by a margin of 57.7 percent to 42.3 percent.
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