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Pequot Lakes School Board: Two new members elected over incumbents

Dena Moody, Tracy Wallin and Derrek Johnson1 / 4
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Voters elected newcomers Dena Moody and Tracy Wallin to the Pequot Lakes School Board, while Derrek Johnson was the only incumbent re-elected to the board.

Moody, who served as an educator for 46 years, received the highest number of votes among the five candidates, having 2,408 ballots (20.94 percent) cast in her name.

"I'm honored to have been elected to the ISD 186 School Board," Moody said. "My sincere thanks to all who have supported and encouraged me during my campaign, especially my husband, Kris, and my son, Kurt."

Johnson - a Crosslake resident who has served on the board since January of 2011 - garnered 2,388 votes, 20.77 percent of all ballots, while Tracy Wallin earned 2,353 votes (20.46 percent).

"I'm honored to have been elected to the Pequot Lakes School Board," Tracy Wallin said. "It's humbling to know that more than 2,000 people in the district voted for me. We are blessed to have such a phenomenal school district and I am looking forward to the opportunity to serve on the board."

Johnson could not be reached for comment.

The two newcomers will claim seats currently held by incumbents Valarie Wallin and Brandon Andersen.

Andersen - a board member since January of 2011 - received 2,231 votes (19.41 percent) while Valarie Wallin, a board member since 2009, had 2,093 votes (18.2 percent). There were 25 write-in votes cast, making up 0.22 percent of the vote.

All five candidates were within 400 votes of each other. The elected members will serve four-year terms with the school board beginning in January 2019.

Dan Determan

Staff Writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal weekly newspaper.

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