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ELECTION RESULTS: Schrock Advances After Canvass Drawing; Kunz Beats Johnson By One Vote

After the official canvass, Jim Schrock and Matthew Kari remained tied with 245 votes apiece. Schrock's name was drawn and he will move onto the general election to face Jeanette Kunz, Jamie Johnson and Bruce Hanson.

Hudson School District Board of Education

      Official canvass results

Votes

Jeanette Kunz        

887

Jamie Johnson

886

Bruce Hanson

805

Jim Schrock

245*

Matthew G. Kari

245

* Jim Schrock advances to general election as a result of a drawing at the official canvass. 

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UPDATE (10:30 a.m., Feb. 27, 2013): Jim Schrock sent the following statement to Hudson Patch on Wednesday morning:

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 was the day that the ballots were certified from the February 19th school board primary. Matt Kari and I remained tied, and I had been considering the proper course of action since the preliminary results were announced.

When I originally announced my candidacy, my intentions were to serve in the best interest(s) of all: the students, the teachers, citizens, and administration. I was expecting to either go forward or not; I had no contingency plans for the incredible odds of a tie.

My thought was that the best solution (to the tie) was for Matt and myself to meet, and with clear rational minds decide between us who would be the best candidate going forward. In other words, one of us voluntarily stand-down and withdraw to allow the other to proceed. The thought of drawing lots for the next step did not seem to support, and actually take away from the goal of what both Matt and I were trying to accomplish: serve the community.

I e-mailed this request to the administration of the school board, and the reply was that the drawing of lots would be going forward to settle the tie. Perhaps this is the legal way to proceed---but following the Win-Win-Win motto I use in all my workshops, if Matt and I could have agreed on who should go forward we both would have been winners, which also would be a win for the Hudson School System. But my solution was not to be.

So moving forward, I am energized by the support that I have been shown, and I thank all who voted, I thank Matt for his efforts, I congratulate Jeanette, Jamie, and Bruce. I especially thank all who voted for me and I ask you to do it again April 2, 2013!

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UPDATE (9:10 a.m., Feb. 26, 2013): After all the late-arriving absentee ballots were counted, Jim Schrock and Matthew Kari remained tied for fourth place in the Feb. 19 Hudson School District Board of Education primary election with 245 votes apiece. Schrock was awarded fourth place in a random drawing at the conclusion of the official canvass.

Kari has until Friday to request a recount, but that seems unlikely. According to Diane Radle, executive assistant to the superintendent, Kari called the Office of the Superintendent last week to attempt to concede fourth place to Schrock.

The official canvass also shows Jeanette Kunz as the official winner of the Feb. 19 primary. Unofficial election night totals showed Jamie Johnson two votes ahead, but after all the votes were counted Tuesday morning, Kunz had 887 and Johnson had 886. Bruce Hanson finished third with 805.

Kunz, Johnson, Hanson and Schrock will face off for two Board of Education seats in the April 2 general election, and all indicated that they will take part in the Hudson Patch School Board Candidate Forum on March 7. The event takes place at 7 p.m. at the Phipps Center for the Arts.

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UPDATE (9:30 p.m., Feb. 19, 2013): The initial results are in for the 2013 Hudson School District Board of Education primary election, and it's going to be a nailbiter for two candidates.

Four of the five candidates will move on to the April 2 general election, and one will be eliminated as a result of today's primary, but it's still unclear whether it will be Jim Schrock or Matthew G. Kari.

According to the unofficial election night results from St. Croix County, Jamie Johnson edged Jeanette Kunz for first place by just two votes (888 to 886). Bruce Hanson wasn't far behind at 801. Schrock and Kari tied at 244.

According to St. Croix County Clerk Cindy Campbell, the results won't be official until the Hudson School District completes its canvass and sends its certified results to her no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, March 1. 

Campbell indicated that any pending absentee ballots would be counted during the canvass. If the two candidates remain tied after a canvass, and any recount procedures, it could come down to the flip of a coin, Campbell said.


Jamie Johnson sent the following statement to Patch after the unofficial results were posted:

"I am grateful for the wide-ranging support that our campaign has received and for everyone who took the time to vote on such a cold day. I offer my congratulations to the other candidates who will be advancing to the April general election. I am deeply committed to our message of bringing unity to our community. I hope that I'll have the chance to provide this district with leadership that is strong, independent, positive and consensus-building. Thank you Hudson voters!"


Jeanette Kunz issued the following statement:

"I would like to extend my deepest appreciation to each voter who supported me in this primary. To have the encouragement of so many Hudson School District residents is truly humbling. Additionally, I thank my family and friends for their tremendous efforts, and extend my congratulations to the other candidates that will be proceeding to the general election.  

"April 2nd will be the ideal time to select a path in the right direction for the Hudson School Board. I believe individual voices should be embraced and welcomed. I look forward to the possibility of being that voice for you and implementing optimistic change for the students, teachers, and taxpayers alike. Together, we can make it happen!"


Bruce Hanson sent the following statement to Patch:

"Our campaign is very encouraged by the primary results and we are eager to continue our conversation with the people in the Hudson School District. I have personally been enjoying the process and have met a lot of wonderful people in our community. We have many positives to build from in Hudson and must continue to stay focused on providing the best education opportunities for the kids in our district. I'm committed to working hard, asking the tough questions, and advancing our district's needs forward while ensuring the investments we make deliver real, measurable results! I'm grateful for your continued support."


Jim Schrock issued the following statement on Wednesday afternoon:

"The results of the primary are in, and I am happy to see that we had a turnout of concerned voters exercising their franchise. As I said at the candidate forum, any of the five candidates are well qualified to sit on the board and will serve well. As the process to address the tie vote evolves over the next few days, I will consider the steps I should take to truly live up to what I promised the voters--my PACT to you: Participation, Accountability, Collaboration, and Transparency. I truly thank you for your support and consideration!"


This post will continue to be updated as candidates issue statements.

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ORIGINAL POST (7:01 p.m., Feb. 19, 2013): Hudson Patch will bring you unofficial election results from today's Hudson School District Board of Education primary election after polls close at 8 p.m. This post will be updated as new results come in.

The five candidates are Bruce Hanson, Jamie Johnson, Matthew G. Kari, Jeanette Kunz and Jim Schrock. None of them are incumbents.

The top four vote-getters in the school board primary will go on to the general election. The candidate with the fewest votes will be eliminated. 

Four candidates will face off for two Board of Education seats in the April 2 general election.

Election night results are unofficial until the official canvass takes place.

 

Hudson School District Board of Education

Last update: 9:16 p.m.             

Votes

Jamie Johnson

888

Jeanette Kunz

886

Bruce Hanson

801

Jim Schrock

244

Matthew G. Kari

244

All precincts reporting
Election night results are unofficial. 

 

Results by Precinct

Bruce Hanson Jamie Johnson Jim Schrock Jeanette Kunz Matthew G. Kari Other Town of Hudson 179 199 66 230 76 3 Town of St. Joseph 106 80 22 105 23 1 Town of Troy 52 66 21 80 17 0 Village of North Hudson 99 127 29 113 39 3 City of Hudson District 1 35 44 6 31 11 0 City of Hudson District 2 25 31 8 32 7 0 City of Hudson District 3 87 106 35 98 22 0 City of Hudson District 4 46 49 17 54 8 2 City of Hudson District 5 76 92 21 65 20 1 City of Hudson District 6 96 94 19 78 21 1 Total 801 888 244 886 244 11

Election night results are unofficial.


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Concerned Citizen #1 February 26, 2013 at 03:19 PM
conspiracy theorists unite...me smells a rat...
T N T February 26, 2013 at 04:51 PM
Yeah that's it. Come on. Grow up
Concerned Citizen #2 February 26, 2013 at 05:41 PM
Concerned Citizen #2 One only smells a rat if one is hanging out with rodents. Kunz is a formidable candidate for the school board. The vote tally proves that having a well known name, being a lawyer, claiming you want to unite the community, holding $6 a plate fund raisers and sending out fund raising letters does not guarantee the most votes. And now we see another tactic. If you've noticed the Bruce Hanson signs suddenly placed right next to the Kunz signs you know what I mean. There are a few locations around town where his signs have sprung up since the primary, and they have sprouted right next to Kunz signs. Coincidence or by design? Since Kunz beat him in the primary maybe he wants to attach himself to her in hopes her success will rub off on him? Don't be fooled. Hanson is an unknown who was recruited by the superintendent to run for the board. Jamie Johnson, who wants to have "Unity in Community," was also recruited by the superintendent. The only vote you can make that would not follow the status quo is a vote for Kunz, and possibly Schrock, now that the fourth spot has been decided.
Big Guy February 26, 2013 at 07:55 PM
I find it funny that the anti-school/conservative crowd can't seem to put more than 1 candidate on the ballet. Me thinks they are afraid of splitting their votes. The only problem with their strategy is it will take them at least 2 more years before they will have a majority of the board. Maybe they can still come up with another write-in candidate like the last election. :-)
R Stime February 26, 2013 at 09:04 PM
Wow, this rant borders on panic and hysteria. You know what cc#2 doesn't give us? Any positive reason to vote for Mrs. Kunz. Just boogie man attacks and mocking of the other two candidates. Sign placement conspiracy? Really? How is Mr. Hanson more of an unknown than Mrs. Kunz? And asking people to throw away one of thier votes and only vote for Kunz? That is weak. CC#2 sounds like the Karl Rove of Hudson.
Vested Interest February 27, 2013 at 03:56 AM
Quality doesn't need quantity. And you might want to remember that a lot of things can happen in 2 years. People have been known to resign for various reasons.
T N T February 27, 2013 at 04:23 AM
R stine you assume the entire board is liberal. Last I recall the teachers union sent out a nasty lit piece against lynn Robson last time. It was the conservatives who saved her. Maybe with a little more support she may get a thicker skin to vote what is suppose to be her conservative ideals. Also it is Ms. Kunz job to say why we should vote for her and I believe her performance at the first debate spoke for itself. Instead of asking cc#2 for reasons maybe one should go and watch the last debate .
country boy February 27, 2013 at 05:05 AM
CC2: Your lips are flapping a wee bit too much. For instance...where is your proof that Hanson was recruited by Mary 2 names? You sound like a runaway propaganda machine grinding away spewing out fictional garbage. No proof = non-credible player in the game!
R Stime February 27, 2013 at 11:22 AM
Please, TNT, point out where I assume all board members are liberal. And how simplistic it is of you to think being conservative means voting no for everything like Sandy Gerhke. You seem to suggest that conservative ideals means being an anti-public education objectivist that ignores the need to plan for future needs of our currently overcrowded middle and high school. As far as the candidate forum, if saying nothing speaks for itself, then yes Mrs. Kunz is well spoken. Right now our problem is overcrowded schools at the secondary level. That trumps any petty political differences or overblown animosity between teacher, administration, community or city council. Time to act responsibly and get it done.
bblair February 27, 2013 at 11:48 AM
I probably will not see the sun rise but you can be sure it will. Somethings are so obvious even a far left liberal could get it right.....
Paul Bourget February 27, 2013 at 12:57 PM
In any case, congrats Jim!
Carbon Bigfuut March 01, 2013 at 12:34 AM
Watching the video, it looks to me like Mr. Schrock likes to weigh both sides of an issue - to the point where I can't tell what he stands for.

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