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Beck, Gault, Weatherspoon win

BY Kaitlin Gebby - kgebby@chronicle-tribune.com

Out of five candidates, Alan Beck, Dana Gault and Bruce Weatherspoon pulled away from the pack on Election Day and will represent District 1 on the Marion Community School Board.

Unofficial results Tuesday show Alan Beck received the most votes, 4,504, out of the five candidates. He’s a longtime resident of Marion with family ties to Marion Community Schools. Beck’s parents are retired Marion school teachers, something he hopes will give him an "interesting perspective" as an elected member of the board. 

A Marion alum himself, he is a coach for junior high wrestling, board member for the Marion Parks Board and Police Athletic League, former president of the YMCA Board and Westminster Preschool Board.

Beck said he’s eager to bring his experience and enthusiasm to the school board.

Gault came in behind Beck with 4,184 votes last night. She was appointed by the board earlier this year after District 1 Board Member Cathy Moritz resigned. She is currently Grant County’s System of Care coordinator, and has a history with Marion Community Schools as a suicide prevention trainer. Gault has dedicated most of her life to working with children in the welfare system.

During the public interview process held after Moritz resigned, Gault said she “had a great passion for kids in the community,” and said she’s been working hard to offer free prevention training sessions to the public.

Gault said she was “excited and honored,” and gave credit to God and her campaign team.

“I am super duper excited. This is something that I’ve worked hard for and my team has worked hard for,” she said. “First, I have to give honor to God and thank God for His direction in my life. It is His will for me to be on the school board. I’m just so grateful and honored to be able to work with Marion schools and our families.”

Gault also teaches a substance abuse awareness and prevention class at Ivy Tech Community College in Marion, and sits on the Thriving Families Thriving Grant County Basic Needs working group. As an elected member of the board, she said she'd like to continue her focus on providing prevention training courses to teachers and the community. 

Weatherspoon secured a seat on the board with 3,371 votes. Less than 350 votes separated candidate Nick McKinley and Weatherspoon for the third District 1 seat. 

Weatherspoon is a retired military officer and a former adjunct professor at Huntington University. He has taught after school prevention programs and was a substitute teacher for MCS. A Marion resident for the last 22 years, his wife Cathy Weatherspoon is leading the Thriving Families Thriving Grant County initiative.

Weatherspoon also participated in the public interviews to be appointed to Marion School Board over the summer. Then, he said he felt his role was to promote policies to protect students and teachers, and “not play politics.” Weatherspoon could not be reached Tuesday night for additional comment on the results.

The elected board members will take office on Jan. 1.