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Edmond woman wins school board seat

Cynthia Benson said hand-me-down campaign signs and a lot of doorbell ringing helped her win a seat on the Edmond school board.
BY STEVE GUST Published: February 15, 2014
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Cynthia Benson said hand-me-down campaign signs and a lot of doorbell ringing helped her win a seat on the Edmond school board.

Benson's first foray into politics proved to be successful on Tuesday; she won the seat by a tally of 216-159, earning 57.6 percent of the vote. She defeated incumbent Stephanie Bills.

Benson didn't know she had won until a few hours after the election.

“I was busy picking up campaign signs,” she said. The signs, urging people to vote Benson, actually belonged to an in-law who had served in the state Legislature.

“They had been in a barn for 15 years,” Benson said.

There was that, and her visits to hundreds of homes.

“I probably knocked on 600 to 700 doors,” she said. “We had some good weather on many weekends. That's what allowed me to do that.”

Listening to the concerns of patrons, she heard a lot from teachers, who she said were weary of reforms, including state testing and unfunded mandates.

She'll get a chance to see what she can do about those and other challenges at the next regular board meeting on March 3. That's when she'll be sworn into a five-year term. She's already received congratulations from Superintendent David Goin as well as members of the board.

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