Bryan Rehm walked over to shake James Cashman's hand.

"Congratulations," Cashman said. "Good race."

Last night, Rehm defeated Cashman 373 votes to 280 in a revote for the remaining four-year term on the Dover Area School Board.

They learned the results from poll officials who tallied the votes minutes after the voting booths -- at Friendship Community Church at 3380 Fox Run Road -- closed at 8 p.m.

"I'll still be involved with the activities and go to school board meetings whenever I can," Cashman said. "There's an election for
a seat in two years. We can have another chance in two years."

The revote was limited to about 800 voters who voted at the church on Nov. 8, when the voting machines registered 100 votes for Rehm and between 0 and 1 vote for Cashman.

A Court of Common Pleas judge ordered the revote between Rehm and Cashman -- an incumbent who supported the intelligent design policy -- because of a faulty voting machine at the church.

The machine didn't properly count votes for Cashman, who has contended that he could have defeated Rehm, the winning four-year candidate with the fewest votes.

Yesterday, 621 people voted at the church and 32 sent in absentee ballots.

Joins CARES winners: Rehm will now join fellow Dover CARES (Citizens Actively Reviewing Educational Strategies) members elected to the school board on Nov. 8.

There were eight open seats on the school board, and CARES candidates narrowly took all of them, defeating incumbent school board members.


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"It's been a long haul, especially with being a part of Dover CARES, work and my family," Rehm said. "Now I can get to work as a Dover school board member, working to make sure this intelligent design issue stays in our past and doesn't become our future."

Rehm said he also wants to help improve elementary school reading and high school math programs, as well as find ways to bring extra revenue into the district.

Rehm, 29, a science teacher in Adams County, and Cashman, a self-employed business owner, sit in different camps on the intelligent design issue.

Cashman supports teaching intelligent design -- which contends that some aspects of life are too complex to have developed in the manner described by Charles Darwin -- in science class, while Rehm and fellow Dover CARES members proposed teaching intelligent design in an elective course, not in science.

Was part of lawsuit: The district's debate over intelligent design made its way to federal court late last year.

On Dec. 20, a judge ordered the school district to repeal a policy the previous school board set to include intelligent design in biology classes.

The judge's ruling sided with 11 parents, including Rehm, who sued the board, claiming the policy violated the anti-establishment clause of the U.S. Constitution. Judge John E. Jones said intelligent design is religious creationism, not science.

Cashman, 51, had served on the school board for eight months after being appointed by members of the former school board.

He said he felt the intelligent design issue, including the November vote outcome and the federal court ruling, was in the forefront of the voters' minds last night.

While several people who revoted kept their selections private, they said the intelligent design issue was important to their voting decision despite the federal court ruling.

An issue for voters: "I voted according to what I truly felt in my heart as to what's right," voter Bob Collins said. "This (intelligent design) is the main issue. I cast a vote in favor of intelligent design."

Wendy Shaffer and her husband, Jeff, said they, too, were satisfied with the previous board's policy of letting students know there was another explanation for life besides Darwin's theory of evolution.

"I don't think this vote will make that much of a difference with the new school board," Wendy Shaffer said. "I just want to see that teaching kids is the top priority no matter who's on the board."

Voters Tom and Judy Walker said they don't think intelligent design should be discussed in school as part of a science class.

"We are religious," Judy Walker said. "There are many different religions in the area. But it should be taught in the home and in church, but not in school."

--Reach Eyana Adah McMillan at 854-1575 or emcmillan@yorkdispatch.com.