Marr-Shears wins Carsley District School Board race

Published 12:06 am Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Surry County’s School Board will see two new faces come January.

Roxanne Marr-Shears defeated challenger Sue Fibish with just under 63% of more than 600 votes to Fibish’s just over 37% in their contested race for the board’s Carsley District seat.

First-time candidate Sophenia Pierce was also elected in an uncontested bid for the Bacon’s Castle District seat with 603 votes to three write-ins.

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Incumbents Laura Ruffin, Valencia Williams and Faye Perkins were each reelected in their own uncontested races for the respective Claremont, Surry and Dendron districts, all with more than 97% of vote totals ranging from 570 to 634.

The totals include election day voting, early in-person votes and absentee ballots but not provisional ballots.

Neither Marr-Shears nor Fibish immediately responded to The Smithfield Times’ request for comments.

Editor’s note: This story was updated at 3:24 p.m. on Nov. 8 with the latest vote totals.