LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Voters could be changing the face of the embattled Clark County School District Board of Trustees. Two of the three incumbents running for re-election are fighting to keep their seats in the country’s fifth-largest school district.
As of late Tuesday evening, Trustee President Irene Cepeda who represents District D is behind in votes compared to her opponent Brenda Zamora. Cepeda was elected to the board in 2018 and took over as president in early 2022 after serving as vice president.
In District F, Danielle Ford is running against Irene Bustamante Adams. Ford is trailing behind Bustamante Adams.
Trustee Linda P. Cavazos has an early lead over former Eureka County School Superintendent Greg Wieman. Both are competing for the District G seat.
This election follows years of turmoil among some board members. The board of trustees has spent thousands of taxpayer dollars for training and retreats to try and get along better.
Despite the training, fighting at board meetings and on social media continued.
So far unofficial results show Cepeda and Ford may be losing their seats as Cavazos may be keeping hers. School races are nonpartisan so any candidate winning a majority of the vote will win the election to the board.
Election officials said they resumed counting ballots at 6 a.m. Wednesday. Until the final ballots are in, none of the results are final.
8 News Now Reached out to candidates.
President Irene Cepeda said, “I think the end of the day, we trust what the voters say and that’s what we do as a democracy and we vote and we change leadership when we need to according to the voters and I’m at peace with that.”
While candidate Greg Wieman said, “It’s somewhat of a relief. It hurts a little, you don’t like to lose any contest you’re in if you’re a competitor but at the same time to me, it was going to be an overwhelming responsibility. We have a lot of work that needs to be done.”
As a reminder, these are unofficial election results as all ballots are still being counted. The remaining trustees and candidates have not responded at the time of this report. Any responses we get, we’ll update on air and online.