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Forrest, Gibbs vie for school board seat

In the only local race on the November ballot, D. Lorraine Forrest is running against Dr. Marianne “Mari” Gibbs for the one year remaining on Jeanice Sadler’s term on the Mathews County School Board.

Sadler stepped down in October 2021, too late for the vacancy to be placed on that year’s ballot. Forrest was appointed in December 2021 on an interim basis, until the next regularly scheduled election.

Friday was the deadline for applicants to file for the seat. Whoever wins this year will have to run again in 2023 if they wish to remain on the school board.

Lorraine Forrest

Although she didn’t win a seat, Forrest was appointed the following month on an interim basis to fill the vacancy created by Sadler’s resignation. Forrest, 67, of Port Haywood, is a lifelong resident of Mathews County, who graduated from Mathews High School in 1973. She is the daughter of Julius C. Forrest and the late Dorothy Morgan Forrest, both graduates of Thomas Hunter High School. Her son, Alex, als...

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