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Associated Press, Published November 06 2012

2 incumbents, 2 challengers lead in early Moorhead School Board results

MOORHEAD – The Moorhead School Board was on track to have a couple of new faces in early unofficial results from Tuesday’s election.

Two incumbents and two challengers were leading as votes were still being counted in the race for four seats up for election on the Moorhead School Board.

With 24,606 votes counted as of 11 p.m., incumbent Lisa Erickson led with 17.1 percent, or 6,377 votes. Challenger Matt Valan 15.8 percent, or 5,869 votes. He was followed by incumbent Cindy Fagerlie with 13.5 pcrcent, or 5,054 votes, and challenger Scott Steffes had 13.2 percent, or 4,946 votes.

Other vote-getters were incumbents Trudy Wilmer at 11 percent (4,099 votes) and Mike Siggerud at 11 percent (4,090 votes), and challengers Paul Baker at 10.4 percent (3,873 votes) and John Rowell at 7.7 percent (2,857 votes), according to the Clay County auditor’s website.

“I’m not counting any eggs in my basket before they are there. But I am honored,” Erickson said. “I certainly look forward to the opportunity to serve the community,” she said.

Steffes said if his lead hold, he looks forward to serving on the board.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge,” Steffes said. “I’d just like to get in there and see what’s being done. … There’s going to be a lot of learning curve for me.”

Fagerlie appeared to be in position to win the fourth seat, though there were only a couple of percentage points separating her from three others in the race.

“That would be awesome (to win). I never take anything for granted,” Fagerlie said. “There’s so many issues. We just need to work really hard on making our school district better.

Valan could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.

Erickson is the current board chairwoman.

Fagerlie is the board’s current vice-chairwoman.

The School Board has seven members. They are elected to four-year terms and paid $800 a month.

The board will meet to canvass this election on Tuesday, said district spokeswoman Pam Gibb.

Gibb said the board’s upcoming regularly scheduled meeting was changed to Tuesday.

Other members of the board are Laurie Johnson, Bill Tomhave and Kristine Thompson. The seats they hold will come up for election in 2014.