Thin margins separate District 833 School Board winners
Razor-thin margins separated winners from losers Tuesday in the 14-way race for District 833 School Board’s four-year seats that returned two incumbents to the board.
According to unofficial Secretary of State figures, winners for the four open four-year seats were St. Paul Park resident Katie Schwartz, incumbent Tracy Brunnette of Cottage Grove, fellow incumbent and Newport resident Katy McElwee-Stevens and Sharon Van Leer of Woodbury.
Schwartz led all vote-getters with 11.46 percent, while Brunnette gathered 10.58 percent. McElwee-Stevens earned the third-highest vote total with 9.37 percent.
Van Leer edged fellow Woodbury resident Molly Lutz by the narrowest of margins for the final four-year seat. According to unofficial results, Van Leer won by a five-vote margin – 2,463 to 2,458. It was not clear Tuesday night whether the margin of victory could trigger a recount.
A total of 14 candidates vied for the four-year seat.
In the three-way race for the board’s two-year seat, incumbent School Board member Laurie Johnson of Woodbury cruised to a win over challenger and fellow Woodbury resident Susan Richardson.
Johnson collected 51 percent of the vote to Richardson’s 33 percent. The third candidate for the two-year seat, David Firkus, who did not actively campaign, drew a distant third with 15 percent of the of vote.
Check back Wednesday for reaction from the candidates and details on what, if any, recount effort could be in store.