The Rend Lake College Board of Trustees will remain intact as a result of district-wide voting Tuesday in favor of unopposed incumbents Courtney Cox (Benton), Dave Edmison (Mt. Vernon) and Norma O’Daniel (Mt. Vernon).
Cox, an attorney and well-known area musician who graduated from Rend Lake College in 1972 and was named “Alumnus of the Year” in 1995, was the leading vote-getter in Franklin County (3,471) as well as Hamilton, Perry and White counties and overall. The current Board Secretary amassed 9,899 votes overall in Rend Lake College District 521.
Recently retired business owner/operator Edmison was the leading vote-getter in Jefferson County with 4,205 and received a total of 9,529 votes. O’Daniel, the wife of former State Senator William “Bill” O’Daniel, garnered more votes than anyone in Wayne County, ran second in four of the five other counties where votes were cast and compiled 9,208 total votes.
All three terms are for six years.
Edmison was uncontested when he was first elected to the Rend Lake College Board in 1993. Cox also ran unopposed when he claimed his first six-year term in 1999, while O’Daniel was unopposed in 2001 for an unexpired four-year term.
Holdover members on the Rend Lake College District 521 Board of Trustees are Marvin W. Scott (Belle Rive), who became a Trustee in 1978 and has served longer than anyone in the 38-year history of the comprehensive community college; current Chair Randall Crocker (Sesser) and Vice Chair Hunt Bonan (McLeansboro), both of whom joined the Board in 1997, and William “Bill” Simpson (Benton), elected in 2001. Rachel Sveda of Christopher was recently chosen in an on-campus election to serve as Student Trustee for one year, beginning this month.
Votes will be officially canvassed and the new board seated at the Tuesday, April 26 meeting, which has been rescheduled two weeks later than normal to give proper time for those U.S. citizens serving overseas to have their votes counted.
REND LAKE COLLEGE DISTRICT 521 BOARD OF TRUSTEES ELECTION
Name (Hometown) Franklin - Hamilton - Jefferson - Perry - Wayne - White -- Total
Norma O’Daniel (Mt. Vernon) 2,872 - 1,316 - 3,735 - 444 - 615 - 226 -- 9,208
Courtney Cox (Benton) 3,471 - 1,382 - 3,747 - 491 - 578 - 230 -- 9,899
Dave Edmison (Mt. Vernon) 2,814 - 1,250 - 4,205 - 438 - 610 - 212 -- 9,529
No votes were cast in Washington County and Williamson County