Almelien wins special election in light turnout

By Xiomara Levsen, The JOURNAL


The special election results are in. James Almelien will represent District No. 2 on the Washington School Board.

According to the auditor?s office, Almelien received 176 votes, Dana McDole received 152 votes and Lori Orris received 31.

Only 360 people in the Washington Community School District voted Tuesday, for a 5.21 percent voter turnout. There were 244 votes cast in the Washington precinct and 38 votes cast in the Brighton precinct.

Almelien said he received a text message letting him know the results were released and was happy with the voter turnout Tuesday.

?I was glad to see there were quite a few people who voted, especially in a special election for the school board,? Almelien said.

He said he is looking forward to serving on the school board and helping with the search for a new superintendent.

?I?ve been through a lot of interviews in management and I think I?m pretty good at picking out the right candidate,? Almelien said. ?You want to find the right fit for everyone.?

Washington superintendent Jeff Dicks said to him the voter turnout seemed really low.

?I was kind of disappointed the turnout wasn?t higher,? he said. ?But it?s always good to have multiple candidates wanting to serve.?

Almelien will be sworn in as soon as the election results are canvassed by the Washington County Board of Supervisors next week, Dicks added.

?This candidate will hit the ground running,? Dicks said. ?He will be expected to take part in the superintendent hiring.?

The Washington School Board has been short a member since Catherine Glinsmann resigned in January due to personal reasons.