Boggs gets on Mars ballot
Brown defeated on both tickets
Cranberry Eagle
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May 29, 2013
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Rebecca Brown hands out cards to voters Tuesday outside the Adams Township Municipal Center on Tuesday. Brown lost her bid for re-election, losing to challenger Steve Boggs on both the Republican and Democratic tickets.

A new name will appear on the Mars School Board ballot this November.

Steve Boggs beat longtime board member Rebecca Brown on both the Republican and Democrat tickets in Tuesday’s primary election.

Boggs, Brown and school board President Dayle Ferguson ran for a two-year seat on the board, and Boggs took 55 percent of the votes on the Democrat ticket and 45 percent on the Republican side.

While Ferguson lost that race, she will be back on the board for a four-year seat as she and three others ran unopposed on both ballots for four four-year seats.

Ferguson was one of four candidates who ran for four four-year seats as well as the two-year seat won by Boggs. Ferguson will return to the board in a four-year seat, as she was one of four candidates for four seats

The two-year seat exists because a school board member resigned last year and board members appointed Christine Valenta to the seat. When Valenta ran for a four-year seat this year, the two-year seat was left open.

That was the seat won by Boggs, who is a familiar face in the audience at monthly school board meetings. His wife, Lori, is a secretary in the principal’s office at Mars High School.

Boggs served on the Valencia council for 16 years, having resigned seven years ago when he and his family moved out of the borough. He is a self-employed contractor and owner of Boggs Construction.

Boggs said his goals on the board will be preventing any further fees for students, seeing that the maximum number of students pass the new state Keystone exams, and improving communication between the board and the district’s union employees.

Boggs praised Brown’s 16 years on the school board.

“Hats off to Becky Brown,” Boggs said. “She is a wonderful woman. I definitely have big shoes to fill in her position.”

Brown has served on the school board for 16 years, and was present for the construction of two new schools plus major additions to several schools. Curriculum changes, technology upgrades, and a host of other issues occurred during Brown’s tenure.

She said on Tuesday night that while she regrets losing the seat, she feels confident Boggs will serve the Mars taxpayers well.

“I really think he will give it his best effort,” Brown said. “We were friends before, and we’ll be friends after.”

Because school board candidates cross file, Boggs will be the lone candidate for the two-year seat in the November election.