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Fells re-appointed to the school board
Despite having the fewest votes in the special election, Valerie Fells was re-appointed to fill the Reedy Church district seat on the Caroline County school board tonight.
The school board voted unanimously to re-appoint Fells into the position after accepting the resignation of Luther Morris, who had won the seat in November.
Morris, 68, resigned on Dec. 3 after an investigation by the Attorney General’s Office was started due to a complaint by another candidate.
Morris won the Reedy Church district seat on Nov. 2 with 384 votes, but candidate Jamey Lewchanin filed a complaint stating that Morris’ position as secretary of the county’s electoral board made him ineligible to campaign.
Slightly more than 1,000 voters filled out a ballot for the special election to fill the seat left vacant when Fred Peatross resigned the seat last November for health reasons.
Candidate Reggie Underwood trailed Morris with 251 votes, followed by Lewchanin with 232.
In an earlier interview, Underwood, who would have been next in line after Morris, said it would be fair for Fells to continue to serve on the board.
Fells, who had been appointed earlier to temporarily replace Peatross, finished with 148.
Morris, a former county supervisor and court clerk, resigned from the Electoral Board last month, will have to pay a $200 civil penalty to the State Board of Elections.