Luckisha Philips celebrates her win on Tuesday night at Scoreboard is Federal Way. Phillips will remain on the Federal Way Public Schools board as director of District 3. Olivia Sullivan/staff photo

Luckisha Philips celebrates her win on Tuesday night at Scoreboard is Federal Way. Phillips will remain on the Federal Way Public Schools board as director of District 3. Olivia Sullivan/staff photo

Incumbents maintain seats on Federal Way Public Schools School Board

Luckisha Phillips pulls in 55% of votes; Dr. Jennifer Jones wins by 62%.

Two incumbents seem poised to retain their seats on the Federal Way Public Schools Board in early election results posted Tuesday night.

Approximately 62% of residents voted for Jennifer Jones for the District 2 position, while 36% voted for challenger Elizabeth Carlson, according to preliminary King County Elections results on Tuesday night.

“This is wonderful,” Jennifer Jones told the Mirror during an election night party at the Scoreboard sports bar. “We’re so happy that this election turned out to be something that’s going to be good for the schools.”

Jones offered gracious thanks to everyone who supported and helped with her campaign. This was her first time running for election.

“Meeting the people is the important part,” she said. “Getting out in the community, making speeches, going door-belling and going to the community events and forums … it makes a difference.”

For District 3, 55% voted for incumbent Luckisha Phillips, while 43% voted for Tenya Magruder.

“I am really excited, super grateful for all the people that helped me with my campaign, but also the city of Federal Way for supporting our public schools and believing in equity and inclusion,” Luckisha Phillips said minutes after the election results were posted.

“I really do believe in our kids,” she said. “… Our parents, our community and our kids really want the bets that we can offer them and I think I’m prepared to offer that.”

Magruder could not be immediately reached for comment.

Running unopposed, 97% elected Trudy Davis for District 4 and Hiroshi Eto, for District 5, also pulled in 97% of votes.

Each board member resides in a specific director district. School directors are elected to four-year terms by voters of the entire school district.

The board establishes the district goals, policies and budget.

Final King County Elections results will be certified on Nov. 26.

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