The Cody School Board will soon feature four new faces.
In Tuesday night’s election the lone incumbent running for re-election fell short as challengers won all three four-year seats and the two-year seat.
Parent and school volunteer Brandi Nelson was the lead candidate in the eight-person race for the four-year seats, receiving 11.4 percent of the vote (2,382 votes) in the unofficial final tally.
Local businesswoman and volunteer Cathy Roes received the second-most votes at 10.7 percent (2,239).
They are joined by Karen Schipfmann-Nielson, a parent of district students and former investment professional who garnered 8.9 percent of the votes (1,865).
Longtime local businessman John McCue won the two-year seat with 35.2 percent of the vote in the three-person race, tallying 2,448 votes.
“I think it just solidifies what I’ve been preaching about, that I’m going down the right path,” he said. “Now the work begins.”
The four-year winners were similarly ready to turn the page from election season to board governance.
“I’m ready to serve,” Nelson said. “I’m excited to get in there and do what’s best for kids and offer what I have.”
Cathy Roes said she turned her phone off last night to get some sleep after texts of congratulations started to pour in. She woke up to a full phone.
“I feel great,” she said. “Honestly I’m thankful the community has supported me as much as they have, and I want to make people proud.”
Schipfmann-Nielson said she was in suspense until the final tally.
“It feels wonderful,” she said. “I have to be honest, I’m glad (the campaign) is over, now the real work begins.”
Former Eastside School teacher Nicole Tisthammer was second in the two-year race with 28.9 percent (2,010).
In the race for the four-year seats, former district homebound teacher Sheryl Morris finished close behind with 8 percent of the vote (1,668). She was followed by grandparent and former business executive Timothy Lasseter (1,585) and Northwest College professor Brennan Baglio (1,421).
Incumbent Billy Struemke finished with 1,415 votes.
Struemke worried the results displayed a board becoming more liberal.
“The Cody people have spoken, and if that’s what they want, that’s what they should have,” he said. “But I’m fearful they don’t know what they voted for.”
Northwest College trustee (Cody)
John Housel will get a fourth term as a Cody representative for the Northwest College Board.
Housel defeated challenger Scott Court, former House District 24 representative, with 48.5 percent of the vote. Housel received 3,426 votes to Court’s 2,061.
“I appreciate the voters who expressed their confidence in me,” Housel said. “I will certainly work and advocate for Cody’s interests in the college.”
He said his goal is to expand the college’s reach in Cody and get more Cody students to start their college careers in Powell.