By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon
Voters will be asked to cast their ballots one more time in the Mid-Del School Board election.
The general election for Mid-Del Board of Education Office No. 3 will be April 4.
Gina Standridge and Lynette Dean advanced to the general election after finishing in the top two of the primary race on Feb. 14.
Standridge received the most votes in the primary with 301 or 49.02%. She narrowly missed eclipsing the 50% threshold needed to win the seat outright and avoid a general election.
Dean was close behind with 264 votes or 43%. Daniel Shaffer received 44 votes (7.98%), according to online election totals.
Standridge is a retired educator and lifelong Del City resident. She taught for 32 years, primarily as a special education teacher at Del City High School. She retired in May and has continued to stay involved in school activities including as a member of the Kalsu Legacy Project to add a statue of Robert Kalsu to the school’s football field.
Dean works for Meadowbrook Oil Corporation, overseeing compliance with legal land issues and federal regulations. She has been active in the PTA at Kerr Middle School (now Del City Middle School) and other schools in the district. She is a volunteer at church and helps with the Del City Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony and neighborhood cleanup projects.
Standridge has touted her experience in the classroom and promises to improve communication between the district and parents and patrons.
Dean describes herself as an average citizen with a big heart for students, teachers, and schools.
Office No. 3 includes much of Del City and the southeast portion of the district.
Jimmie Nolen has represented the district for 23 years. She announced last year that she was not seeking reelection.
Voters in precincts 392 and 393 will vote at the Del City Community Center, 4504 SE 15th St., instead of their regular location at Sooner Baptist Church. The change will only impact the April 4 election.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.