Monday, November 14, 2016
Election Results From Last Tuesday
It's been a week since the general election of 2016, and local voters still don't know the full results of the race for Dorchester School Board.
The reason? Write-in votes take longer to certify.
Readers will recall that the school board has three seats open -- those of retiring board members Lindsey Zoubek, Mark Bors and Brad Havlat.
The two candidates who filed in time appeared on the ballot: Neal Pavlish and Mike Hatfield. Both Pavlish and Hatfield will be on the school board in 2017.
Two others, Donald B. Hoffman and Kelli Schweitzer, were write-in candidates. Combined, Hoffman and Schweitzer garnered 197 votes.
Here is a look at the results:
Dorchester School Board - Dist. #44
Mike Hatfield . . . . . . . . . 300 (36.06%)
Neal Pavlish . . . . . . . . . 335 (40.26%)
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 197 (23.68%)
It is unknown when the official results of the write-in contest will be announced.
The Times' unofficial sampling of more than 50 district voters shows Schweitzer with a considerable lead, but we have no way of knowing the accuracy of our survey.
Meanwhile, Dorchester's village board had two of its five seats up for election. One seat is that of retiring board member Lyle Weber, while the other is that of Matthew Hoffman, appointed to the board last year following the resignation of Brandon Koll.
Hoffman and newcomer Andrea Pracheil appeared on the ballot and were virtual shoo-in's. Here's a look at the final results:
Dorchester Village Board Member
Andrea Pracheil . . . . . . . . 155 (45.06%)
Matthew Hoffman . . . . . . . . 178 (51.74%)
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 11 (3.20%)
Our thanks to all who had the guts to put their name on the ballot and the willingness to serve.