OUT FOXED 2-1
Alissa Widman Neese
Nov 6, 2013 at 11:00 AM
A consistently split Huron school board will likely remain divided, based on the candidates elected into three available seats Tuesday.
Newcomer Eric Muehlhauser, a local attorney, received the most votes, about 17 percent, according to unofficial election results.
He will swap seats with Kevin Asher, a current board member who missed securing his seat by only about 30 votes.
The pair campaigned with candidate Nancy Bulea, who said they share similar viewpoints on most Huron Schools issues.
Current board members Scott Slocum and Donna Green will retain their seats. They both received about 16 percent of votes.
Tuesday’s election is the district’s first since its current board members voted 3-2 to fire former Huron Schools superintendent Fred Fox for alleged misdeeds. The divisive decision was a key campaign issue this fall.
Asher voted against the firing, while Slocum and Green for it.
When contacted Tuesday night, Green said she believes community members are ready to move forward and away from the issue, based on the election results.
“I’m just so happy and humbled that the community supported us and we’re going to be able to move forward with the things we started,” Green said. “We were probably outspent 50-to-1 campaigning, so it was really a very strong, grassroots effort of a lot of people to get the word out in support of us.”
The vote was down to the wire Tuesday night, with six of the district’s seven candidates separated by less than 2 percent of the overall votes.
“It was close and unfortunately things may still be a little contentious in town because of that,” Green said. “Overall, I think the board just needs to look forward, not back. I hope the community will too.”
Muehlhauser did not return calls Tuesday night seeking comment.
Each candidate elected will serve a four-year term on the board.