After much campaigning, mainly via Facebook, Karen Potter beat incumbent Greg Talberg in the Williamston School Board recall election. Potter was the only candidate running against the school board to beat an incumbent in the race.
Potter received 2,711 votes, Talberg received 2,653, out of the total 8,388 registered voters. Votes cast for the recall election came to total 6,078, a 72.46 percent voter turnout according to the Ingham County Clerk website, proving the city’s anticipation of a large voter turnout for a non-presidential election in Williamston correct.
“I’m super excited to take this position with all the other board members and help the school district become stronger and start healing as a community,” Potter said.
Potter is joining the existing board members, Nancy Deal, Sarah Belanger and Christopher Lewis, all of which narrowly retained their seats through the recall election. Potter will finish out Talberg’s term, which will last until Dec. 31, 2020.