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Incumbents cruise in District 833 School Board race

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Voters favored incumbents Ron Kath, Jim Gelbmann and Leslee Boyd against four challengers in Tuesday's District 833 School Board race.

Kath, of Cottage Grove, led all candidates with with 20.1 percent of the vote; Gelbmann had 19.3 percent, Boyd 18.6 percent. Gelbmann and Boyd are from Woodbury. All three will serve four-year terms.

"Voters seem satisfied with the leadership team that's in place and the way the board has managed their money," Gelbmann said after the results were in. "I was rewarded for 16 years of service on the board."

Gelbmann has said his fifth board term will be his last.

Kath said he was excited and humbled that he was elected to a third term. He said that his re-election and that of two fellow incumbents suggests voters preferred a "known commodity."

"My gut tells me that people felt that the current School Board is doing a good job and the three incumbents should be able to go back and continue doing what they're doing," Kath said.

Challenger Katie Schwartz of St. Paul Park missed earning a spot on the seven-member board as she finished fourth with 14.2 percent. Joe Ryan of Woodbury had 13.9 percent. Fellow challengers Lezlie Schriver and Steve Lagoon, both of Cottage Grove, finished at 8 percent and 5.6 percent, respectively.

Here are the vote totals, according to the secretary of state's office: Kath, 2,127; Gelbmann, 2,036; Boyd, 1,964; Schwartz, 1,501; Ryan, 1,471; Schriver, 852; Lagoon, 572.

Stay with the Bulletin for continued coverage of the District 833 School Board race.

Scott Wente

Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.

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