Monson season

It’s official: Angela Monson has defeated Kirk Humphreys for chair of the Oklahoma City school board.

The returns were somewhat delayed because of Tuesday storms, and Mike McCarville notes:

Humphreys could have been hurt by the storms, which hit northwest Oklahoma City areas considered to be his strongest area of support.

Well, let’s see. Here’s the Oklahoman’s storm-track map:

Track of the 2/10/09 storms

The southwestern stretch lies within Putnam City Schools; up north you get into Edmond. Only a small area — roughly, north of Lake Hefner to half a mile south of the Kirkpatrick Turnpike — actually is within the Oklahoma City school district.

There wasn’t much turnout at my northwest-side precinct, which is in OKCPS territory, but it wasn’t what you’d call solid for Humphreys either. McCarville isn’t wrong here, necessarily, but I’m thinking that Monson might have won this thing even if there hadn’t been a cloud in the sky. And Humphreys doesn’t strike me as the sort of guy who’d blame the weather for an election loss — in public, anyway.







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