Ardrey, Quirk elected to Janesville School Board; Huth leading among write-ins
JANESVILLE—Both candidates on the Janesville School Board ballot won seats on the board Tuesday night, and Steve Huth was leading among three write-in candidates with three wards left to count.
Incumbent Greg Ardrey received 38 percent of the votes and challenger Carla Quirk 25 percent. Write-ins received 37 percent and were competing for the remaining seat.
School board officials reported that unofficially, Huth held a lead of 585 votes over the other two write-in candidates with three wards left to count. Officials had tabulated 1,733 votes for Huth, 1,148 for David DiStefano and 510 for Julieta Henry.
The Gazette was unable to reach Huth for comment before deadline Tuesday night.
Clerks counting write-in ballots at Janesville City Hall on Tuesday night said each of the three uncounted wards appeared to have dozens of write-ins for school board, implying that Huth's lead could not be overcome.
The seats held by Ardrey, DiStefano and Deborah Schilling were open. DiStefano was forced to run as a write-in after his nomination papers were rejected for defects. Henry entered the race as a write-in candidate in late March. Schilling did not seek re-election.
As of 10:40 p.m., write-in votes still were being tabulated to determine who would fill the third seat on the board.
Ardrey, who is the school board president, said he doesn't plan to take his re-election for granted. He plans to continue to work hard as a member of the school board, he said.
“I never take it for granted,” Ardrey said. “When I first ran, I received the second-largest number of votes. The next election I received the most votes. This year, with the partisanship that was so loud and clear, you never know what the outcome will be.”
“I guess the biggest thing I can say is that I gave it my best effort and will continue to do so,” Ardrey said. “It's refreshing that voters re-elected me and recognized the time, effort and energy I've put into the school board.”
Quirk said that she began Tuesday with a mixture of feelings.
“I was absolutely optimistic, excited and nervous,” Quirk said. “I am super excited and thankful for all of the support. After a long and arduous process, I'm looking forward to it and am ready to get to work.”
Quirk said her immediate focus upon joining the board will be getting the district's budget deficit on track.
“I want to focus on not balancing the budget on the backs of teachers and staff,” Quirk said. “Teachers are a main priority.”
Quirk said the board must be prepared to look elsewhere for other sources of revenue.
“This is what I'm supposed to be doing right now,” Quirk said. “I'm really, really excited.”
Ardrey received 5,998 votes and Quirk received 3,873 votes.
Last updated: 12:15 am Wednesday, April 8, 2015