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Candidates reflect on election

Suffolk School Board candidates are grateful for the support of their friends, family and their boroughs, whether they won or lost.

Both the recently elected candidates and their opponents are ready to continue serving the community no matter the outcome of the elections.

Thelma Hinton, who lost by more than 500 votes to Tyron Riddick in the Suffolk Borough, plans to continue to be active and engaged in the community despite not winning a seat on the School Board.

“I will probably still be engaged in the community,” Hinton said. “My heart was in the right place for my community, constituents and their families.”

Hinton is grateful for those that voted for her and the family and friends who supported her during the campaign.

“As a candidate for the Suffolk Borough running for the Suffolk School Board, I would like to extend my thanks to all the citizens who voted for me in the past election.

“I appreciate the 1,700 voters who believed in me and my platform of “Children first, leaving no child behind,” Hinton said. “For the workers, friends and family members who gave their time and efforts, thank you for tireless effort and support.”

Both School Board member-elects Lorita Mayo and Sherri Story are ready for the chance to better serve their boroughs and the entire city of Suffolk.

Mayo beat out Sonya Allen for the Holy Neck Borough.

“I am excited and grateful for the opportunity to serve, and I want to thank all who supported my campaign. I look forward to serving on the School Board and achieving excellence for our children,” Mayo said.

Story won the Chuckatuck Borough by almost 1,000 votes over Diane Foster. She is ready for a chance be a part of the School Board.

“I am excited about the next four years on the School Board. I’m very honored that the constituents of the Chuckatuck Borough trust me to bring about some positive changes for the Suffolk Public Schools,” Story said.