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Oklahoma City School Board member doesn't want seat, but could still win

A member of the Oklahoma City School Board has announced she won't seek re-election, though her name appears on the ballot.
BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL Modified: January 23, 2013 at 9:56 pm •  Published: January 24, 2013

A member of the Oklahoma City School Board has announced she doesn't want to serve a third term on the board, but there's a chance she could still be elected.

Gail Vines has represented District 2 for the past eight years and said she has enjoyed the work.

She told fellow board members at a meeting this month that she only filed for a third term because she thought she was running unopposed. But after meeting her opponent, Justin Ellis, she said she endorses him to take her spot.

However, her name will still be on the Feb. 12 election ballot.

“There has to be a point of no return for us to do what we need to do,” said Doug Sanderson, secretary of the Oklahoma County Election Board.

Candidates have until 5 p.m. on the second day after the close of candidate filing to withdraw from the race, or their names will appear on the ballot, Sanderson said.

“Whoever wins the election, of course, can decide if they want to serve,” Sanderson said. “Then it will be up to the school board if they want to replace that vacancy.”

An appointment would likely follow, Oklahoma City Superintendent Karl Springer said in a statement.

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