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A new candidate was elected and several incumbents retained their seats Tuesday in uncontested races for 2017 school board elections in Union County.

A race in Parkers Chapel drew the single largest number of votes that were cast in all of the races around the county, according to unofficial results provided by the Union County Election Commission. A total of nine ballots were cast in the election, compared to 223 in 2016.

With three votes, Grace Palculict secured the District 35 seat on the Parkers Chapel School Board. Palculict succeeds Howard Skinner.

Shaneil Yarbrough and Keith Smith retained their seats on the El Dorado School Board, with votes of two and one, respectively.

Yabrough represents Zone 2, and Smith, Zone 4.

With one vote each, David Barnette, Damon Goodwin and Terri Dollar held onto their school board seats in Junction City, Smackover-Norphlet and Strong-Huttig, respectively.

Existing millages will also remain in place in each of the county’s five school districts.

The votes did not affect the millages.

Tie votes were cast for El Dorado’s 33.5 mills and Parkers Chapel’s 39.8 mills. Each issue received one vote for and one against.

Two voters decided against the 39 mills for Strong-Huttig, and one person voted in favor of each of the existing millages in Junction City (40.9) and Smackover-Norphlet (41).

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