Ron Millican easily defeated Wilfredo Santos-Rivera on Tuesday to retain his seat on the Oklahoma City School Board.
With all 17 precincts reporting, Millican received 222 out of 305 votes, or nearly 72.8 percent, according to the state Election Board. Santos-Rivera received 83 votes or 27.2 percent.
“I wanted to serve four more years because I want to see some things through and I want to see if we can continue to improve,” Millican said.
Santos-Rivera, 68, is a former school board member who lost the District 7 seat to Millican in 2010.
He said he was more surprised by the low voter turnout than Millican's margin of victory.
“I think maybe the low turnout is an indicator that people aren't happy with the way things are going in the schools,” Santos-Rivera said. “Maybe that's one way they're expressing their dissatisfaction.”
Millican represents 10 schools on the city's south side, which is experiencing sharp population increases in the Hispanic community.
The former Midwest City-Del City school district administrator said alleviating school overcrowding and bringing more ELL teachers to his district are top priorities.
“We are getting and have gotten a few excellent leaders that have brought some stability to my district,” he said. “We know that we must improve in all of our schools and we need to be on the right track to do.”
Despite the loss, Santos-Rivera said he will continue to advocate on behalf of the children in the city school district.
“Win or lose, I'm always there for the kids,” he said.