It was minutes before the final results rolled in, and 11-year-old Thea Barrett had her eyes glued to her laptop and her favorite good luck trinket — a tiny turtle charm — on the table.
Soon Thea Barrett informed her family that her father, James Barrett, was in second place with 30 percent of the vote. James Barrett said that was good enough for him.
“Of course I’m nervous. It’s an unknown,” James Barrett said before the results rolled in. “You could say I didn’t sleep much last night.”
James Barrett won his seat with 30.37 percent of the vote, according to Tuesday night’s unofficial results from the Orange County Board of Elections.
James Barrett’s family and friends cheered, “Here’s to four years!” when the final results finally announced his re-election to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education. Fellow incumbent Michelle Brownstein kept her seat on the board, winning 33.3 percent of the vote, while newcomer Andrew Davidson took the third open seat with 21.2 percent, according to unofficial results.