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One incumbent and 2 newcomers elected to NLS School Board

NEW LONDON -- One incumbent and two newcomers were elected Tuesday to the New London-Spicer School Board. Seven candidates, including three incumbents, had filed for the three seats on the board. The top vote-getters were Susan Lange with 2,323 v...

NEW LONDON - One incumbent and two newcomers were elected Tuesday to the New London-Spicer School Board.

Seven candidates, including three incumbents, had filed for the three seats on the board.

The top vote-getters were Susan Lange with 2,323 votes, Lucinda Dahlberg with 2,219 votes and Renee Nolting, an incumbent, with 1,964 votes.

The candidates were elected to serve four-year terms on the board.

Incumbents David Kilpatrick and Naomi Johnson were defeated.

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Kilpatrick had 1,939 votes and Johnson had 1,702 votes.

Other candidates included Deidre Lynch with 1,533 votes and Larry Nelson with 1,208 votes.

The school board's attempts earlier this year to adopt a policy that would have allowed - among other things - transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice drew public criticism and was likely responsible for the additional interest in running for the board.

However, of the two incumbents who were defeated Tuesday, one had supported the transgender policy and the other had opposed it.

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Carolyn Lange is a features writer at the West Central Tribune. She can be reached at clange@wctrib.com or 320-894-9750
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