A recount has confirmed Jono Manion as the second candidate moving on to the general election in the race for a seat on the Bellingham School Board.
Manion was leading Anthony (Tony) Wallace by 24 votes going into the recount, according to the Whatcom County Auditor’s Office. The recount done by machine Friday, Aug. 21, added one more vote for Manion to bring him to 2,626 total. It took away two votes from Wallace, who ended with 2,599.
Manion does marketing for Sole Graphics, a Bellingham-based online web development company. He attended Western Washington University, where he studied math secondary education in the hopes of becoming a high school teacher, he said.
One of his priorities if elected, he said, is “making sure we’re providing adequate education access for all students in the area.”
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Wallace had similar ideas. He is a former foster child who dropped out of high school. He now works as a mathematical modeling consultant, he said.
“I’m not trying to run away from the fact I dropped out of high school,” he said Friday. “That’s what I’m trying to prevent.”
However, he will have to wait for another day to serve on the school board.
Manion will now face Quenby Peterson in the November general election.
Peterson is a former Whatcom County budget analyst, parent of two kids in Bellingham School District, and volunteer for several district programs. She had 61 percent of the vote in the Aug. 4 primary election.