Holt School District voters oust incumbents

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Julie Bureau, Mark Perry, Craig Anderson, and Douglas Needham shake hands and celebrate one another for the 3  out of 4 election win at Buddies Grille.

Julie Bureau, Mark Perry, Craig Anderson, and Douglas Needham shake hands and celebrate one another for the 3 out of 4 election win at Buddies Grille

By Laniesha Evans
The Holt Journal

Only one incumbent, Deborah Roeske, survived in the Nov. 4 Holt School Board election.

Mark Perry and Douglas Needham won 6-year terms and Julie Bureau won the 3-year term on the Holt board of education.

The campaign was divided into two groups, candidates who support the new senior campus and candidates who are against it.

“The senior campus was one of my reasons for running for board, and there has been a lot of community support in our favor,” said Needham.

Three of the four newly appointed board members reflect voter disapproval of the senior campus.

“I thought about running for the school board for over several years, and finally I took a leap of faith. I went door to door speaking with residents in the community and, to me, a neighborhood was not complete until I knocked on every door. Overall all I feel good about the decision, the community has been great and the community has spoken,” said Julie Bureau.

As a group Needham, Bureau, Perry and Craig Anderson waited on the results and celebrated with in Holt at Buddies Grille with supporters and their families.

(Holt Public School Volunteer Team Physician, Larry Nassar recognizes Craig Anderson for his hard work in the campaign despite his loss.)

“I was surprised that all three of the incumbents lost. I wasn’t surprised about Rick because he was new to the board and not as known in the community as the other board members. But I am looking forward to working with the new members to get the community involved, communication, and focusing on students during my next term,” said Roeske.

Anderson is content with the election decision because his primary goal was accomplished while running his campaign for the board. “Despite the outcome, I’ve already won. In our community we have a significant amount of parental involvement in their childs’ education, which is why I ran,” said Anderson.

“It’s hard to see the election decision. Craig is very intelligent and articulate and would have been a great addition to the team,” said Perry. “It’s been a long journey we started in July and it feels good to be done campaigning, I am pleased for the students. There are a lot of positive changes we can bring to the table in the upcoming term.”

“This win for three of the new candidates is a big deal. As a parent, this election is a big deal for me because I desire change for my children’s education,” said Holt parent Scott Mussell.

The newly elected members will take office Jan. 1, 2015.

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