Rene Flowers will take on Glen Gilzean in general election for Dist. 7 seat on Pinellas School Board

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Rene Flowers was this close to avoiding a November runoff for the District 7 seat for Pinellas County School Board, collecting 47.89 percent of the vote Tuesday, reports William Mansell of Patch.

In the November general election, she’ll face incumbent Glen Gilzean, who came in second in Tuesday’s primary, with 15.74 percent of the vote. Gilzean is an appointee who has only served on the board since January.

Had Flowers received more than 50 percent of the vote, there would have been no runoff.

Tuesday night’s results were initially delayed by a technical glitch. According to Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark, vote totals had to be delivered to the elections office in Largo.

All 299 precincts had reported by 10 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections website.

Flowers, a former St. Pete City Council member, watched the returns from the YMCA in Child’s Park Tuesday night.

Gilzean was appointed to the school board in January by Gov. Rick Scott, after the death of board member Lew Williams in December.

Twenty-year-old college student Corey Givens Jr. came in third in the race, with 14.28 percent of the vote.

Following Givens Jr. were Cassandra Jackson, with 11.65 percent of the vote, and Keisha Bell, with 10.45 percent.

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