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Patricia Healy wins fourth term to Stafford School Board

Stafford County School Board Chairwoman Patricia Healy has  been elected to a fourth term.

Healy, 60, received about 62 percent of votes cast in the race against Heather Stefl for the Rock Hill District School  Board seat, according to the state Board of Election’s unofficial results.

Healy received 2,118 votes to Stefl’s 1,257.

Healy owns a North Stafford law firm with her husband, Clark Leming. 

Stefl, 38, is treasurer of the Stafford Republican Committee, which endorsed her candidacy. She was a contractor for the U.S. State Department for six years and is currently a stay-at-home mom.

Political newcomer Dewayne McOsker defeated Byron Hinton for the George Washington District School Board seat. Patricia Mancini, who has held the seat for one term, did not run for re-election.

McOsker, 47, received almost 54 percent of votes cast.  He has lived in Stafford for five years and has four children. He is a civilian program manager for the Department of Defense and retired last December as a lieutenant colonel with the U.S. Army Military Police after 23 years.

Hinton, 63, spent 31 years in the U.S. Air Force and has chaired Stafford schools’ career and technical education advisory committee since 2006.