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Blowers, Improta, Ohlweiler Win Spots on School BoardFree Access

The evening results for school board elections and district budgets have been tabulated. Voters approved the budget plans for both East Aurora and Iroquois, as well as chose their new school board members. 

The results of the votes for each district are listed below. 

East Aurora

For the school board race, there were five candidates seeking three seats. There were more, but a candidate took her name off the ballot after it was discovered that she did not appear to meet the eligibility requirements to run. A late effort campaign to have a write-in candidate was put forth by a group of people after that change to the ballot. 

At the time of publication, the results are:

-Maria Improta with 2,562 votes

-D. Paul Blowers with 2,548 votes

-Terri Ohlweiler with 2,575 votes

-Dawn K. Vona with 874 votes

-Dawn Raczka with 807 votes

Samuel Cosmano sought to be a write-in candidate in place of Teresa Reile. The district is still counting those write in ballots, but there were only 590 write-ins. The total will be announced sometime tomorrow.  16 people did cast a ballot for Reile. He name was removed from the ballot, but in its place the district noted that the candidate had withdrawn from the race. 

In East Aurora, there were also two propositions. The first proposition to approve the budget was accepted, 2,344 to 953. 

The second proposition is whether the district should add money into its repair reserve fund. The district is asking to place $500,000 into the repair reserve. Voters approved this, 2,606 to 658. 

Paul Blowers, Maria Improta, Terri Ohlweiler were elected to the East Aurora School Board

Iroquois Central

There were two people seeking a seat on the Iroquois Central School Board for a 5-year term. 

The results are:

-James Michalek with 780 votes

-Thomas Greier with 625 votes.

Michalek will begin serving in July.

James Michalek

There were also four propositions on the Iroquois ballot. The first was for the budget, which passed, 883 to 326 votes.

The second proposition to purchase buses also passed, 1,148 to 325.

The third proposition asked district residents if the school could purchase the Elma Fire substation building located across from the Girdle Road campus. This was approved, 1,035 to 437 votes.

Voters did also approved proposition four, 1,070 to 369 votes. This sought to change school board elections to at-large voting. Currently, the district has candidates pick a specific seat to run for, meaning several people could run for one seat and no one could run for the other. This change will take place in May 2023.

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