Kemper, Brunnette, Johnson and Adou earn school board seats
District 833 School Board will have two new members and two returning members.
Incumbents Tracy Brunnette and Marsha Adou earned two of the four seats up for grabs in the field of 10 candidates.
Challenger David Kemper led all vote getters with 1,614 votes to earn his first term on the school board. Kemper could not be reached for comment as of Wednesday evening.
Brunnette, who placed second with 1,579 votes, said she's excited to return to the school board.
"I'm still excited to be on the board," she said from her hotel room in Ohio where her son, Ben, a college student, just had a successful knee surgery.
"I watched the election results on my computer," she said. "We've done so many awesome things as a district. I'm anxious to move forward. I'm so proud of what we do. People in other districts ask me what we are doing to be so successful."
Challenger Laurie Johnson came in third with 1,453 votes to earn a seat on the school board.
Johnson said a congratulatory phone call last Tuesday evening from District 833 School Board Chair Ron Kath left her feeling confident in the vote totals reported to the Secretary of State election results website.
"It's very exciting," Johnson said while she held a low-key celebration at home with a family that is suffering from a seasonal flu bug. "No one could be any more surprised than me to see the totals show up the way they did."
Johnson said she may have caught a cold from all the door knocking she did the last few weekends.
"As long as there was some light and it wasn't sleeting, I was out there," she said, "so it's very gratifying to know that it was time well invested. Even if we are a little under the weather."
Adou rounded out the fourth and final seat with 1,391 votes. Edward Nowak placed just outside the top four with 1,356 votes.
Adou said she is relieved to have been re-elected even if by a slim margin.
"I just keep plugging along and trying to make a difference," she said. "In these economic times, we need to watch the taxpayers' dollars. We're entrusted with educating 17,000 students. It's a big responsibility."
Last updated Wednesday, Nov. 4, 6:30 p.m.
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- Hank Long and Judy Spooner