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In a surprising result, double the expected number of incumbents retained their seats in the election for representation on the Highland school board.
Along with incumbent Rachel Longbine, incumbent Kevin Engel garnered the most write in votes in District 3, which had no official candidate on the ballot.
Engel, who did not run for reelection, said he would accept the results.
“Given the fact that I did receive the most write in votes I will continue to serve,” Engel said.
Because there was no candidate on the ballot and Engel had the name recognition being the representative from the district, he expected to get some votes, but the 46 he received were a bit of a surprise.
“I thought I might receive some votes but was surprised to get as many as I did,” he said.
Engel ended with 82 percent of the votes cast in the District 3 race.
Longbine received 95.7 percent of the 123 votes cast in her race for District 1 (119/123).
Megan Allen is back on the board after winning her race in District 5. Allen received 73 percent of the votes out of the 130 cast for that race. Write-in candidate Jarold Schaack received 33 votes. Allen is looking forward to serving the district again.
“I would like to bring back the voice to share with others what is going on in the district that is good and will have a greater impact on the community as a whole. I would like to work to bring back transparency and accountability in the district, not just for the teachers and administration but also for the parents,” she said.
“Overall, I am just looking forward to being back as a part of the district that will lead the changes to allow us to grow and strengthen. This will be a great run, and I am ready to serve again for the district.”
Superintendent Mike Jorgensen said is looking forward to working with a new board member and is excited about the amount of experience coming back to the board.
“I’m always excited to have new board members, but you always want to have a base of experience as well. I look forward to meeting Megan and working with her,” he said.
137 votes were cast in the election.