Lakewood High School teacher Sean O'Flannery will face Nina Hayden, an attorney in the Public Defender's office, for the District 2 at-large School Board seat in November, an elections official confirmed Wednesday.
O'Flannery had less than a 1 percent lead over retired businessman Ron Walker late Tuesday in the five-way race. With all absentee ballots counted and no chance that provisional ballots will make a difference, O'Flannery has secured a runoff position, Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark said.
Hayden, in her first bid for the School Board, had 20,477 votes as of Wednesday afternoon. O'Flannery, who ran unsuccessfully for the School Board in 2006, had 17,942. Walker, who was elected to the board in 1984 and served two terms, had 17,467.
The other two School Board primary races also ended in runoffs. Incumbent Janet Clark will face Jennifer Crockett for the District 1 at-large race, and Realtor Robin Wikle will face Palm Harbor chiropractor Ken Peluso in District 4.