Highsmith, Martin, Dick win School Board seats

August 26, 2014 

Bobby Highsmith will be the newest School Board member when he's sworn in in November.


Key West attorney Bobby Highsmith was elected to the Monroe County School Board in District 1 on Tuesday, thwarting two challengers by getting more than 50 percent of the vote plus one.

Highsmith received 56.98 percent (7,037 votes) of the ballots in the nonpartisan race, defeating former attorney Stuart Kessler (27.30 percent, 3,371 votes), and caterer Warren Leamard (15.72 percent, 1,941 votes).

In District 5 in the Upper Keys, incumbent Ron Martin, finishing his first four-year term, took 56.35 percent of the vote (6,605 votes) to win re-election. He beat back Richard Bradley (22.51 percent, 2,639 votes) and Dennis Caltigirone (21.14 percent, 2,478 votes).

In both of those races, if no one received a plurality, the top two vote-getters in each race would have gone to Nov. 4 runoffs.

In District 4 (the Middle Keys), two-term incumbent John Dick barely defeated upstart Catherine Bosworth of Tavernier, getting 51.25 percent (6,359 votes) to Bosworth's 48.75 percent (6,050 votes).

School Board members are sworn in in November.

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