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Willmar School Board candidate withdraws, two remain in special election

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WILLMAR — Willmar School Board candidate Katherine McGill has withdrawn from the Aug. 22 special election.

McGill said Tuesday that she was withdrawing her candidacy because of family obligations that have come up recently involving caring for an elderly parent.

If elected, she said in a telephone interview, she would not have been able to devote the time necessary to serving on the board.

McGill added that she wished the best for both her opponents.

The remaining candidates are Mary Amon, a Willmar physician, and Monica Villars, a recently retired teacher in the school district.

The special election is needed to fill a vacancy on the Willmar School Board.

The seat was held by Jared Anez, who died unexpectedly in March. Anez had been elected board chairman in January.

The person elected will serve the remainder of Anez's four-year term, which expires at the end of 2018.

The School Board has been operating with six members since March.

The district will operate one polling place in the election, which is a cost-saving measure.

The polling place will be at the Willmar Education and Arts Center, 611 Fifth St. S.W., and will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Aug. 22.

All eligible voters in the school district may vote. Those who are not registered to vote may register at the polls on the day of the election.

Linda Vanderwerf

I cover education issues for the West Central Tribune and have worked for the paper since 1995. I have worked in journalism since 1981.

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