Final election results certified Tuesday show that the race for a School Board seat in Orting was decided by a slim margin.
In the race to represent District 3, incumbent David Egts edged out challenger Bonnie Pedersen Walkup by 13 votes. Egts had 1,205 votes, or 50 percent of the vote, to Walkup’s 1,192 votes, which is 49.46 percent of the vote. Another 13 votes – 0.54 percent – went to write-in candidates.
Pierce County elections officials said the margin fell just outside results that would trigger a mandatory recount. Candidates have the option of paying for a recount, and they have until Monday to make a request for one.
Egts, a father of eight who was first appointed to the School Board in 2011, said he was initially motivated to seek a board seat because one of his children was “left behind” in her schooling. He said he wanted to help improve schools for others and points to Orting High School’s recent School of Distinction recognition for improving student achievement as proof of positive change.
Walkup could not be reached for comment.