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SUIT SEEKING RESIGNATION OF BOARD MEMBER FAILS

State Education Commissioner Richard Mills has thrown out a lawsuit calling for the resignation of Starpoint School Board member Gary Braun, who was accused of violating state education law during his successful run for the board.

He also dismissed a request to reprimand the School Board on an accusation that there were not enough election inspectors on hand during May's voting and that representatives of each board candidate were not on hand to witness the counting of ballots.

The legal action was taken by Mark E. Ewart, an unsuccessful candidate for a board seat, who accused Braun of "talking to voters and soliciting votes" within 100 feet of the polling place.

Ewart had urged the commissioner to force Braun's resignation and "reprimand (the board) and order it to review its election policies."

The board received Mills' decision ruling Wednesday.

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