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Alexander not conceding loss to Ross in Peoria school board race as mail-in ballots remain to be counted

Peoria Public Schools
A meeting of the Peoria Public Schools District 150 board from 2021.

Peoria District 1 school board candidate Keisha Alexander said she's not conceding to school board president Martha Ross just yet, as some mail-in ballots remain to be counted.

Alexander is running 32 votes behind Ross, who's served on the board for more than two decades. There are still 424 mail-in ballots from the southern district outstanding, Alexander said. WCBU is inquiring with the Peoria County Election Commission for additional information.

Voter turnout for the race was 10 percent, with a total 792 ballots counted on election night.

During the campaign, Alexander was removed from the ballot by the Peoria Election Commission after a petition challenge from Ross, but later restored by a Peoria County judge.

Ross told WCBU in an interview last month her priorities for the next term include the continuing implementation of an elective black history curriculum, financial literacy courses, and a "Parent University" program this summer to improve communication between the district and parents.

Collin Schopp is a reporter at WCBU. He joined the station in 2022.
Tim is the News Director at WCBU Peoria Public Radio.