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SPECIAL SECTION

Kelly Davis, Daniel McCrea win Whitewater School Board race

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Catherine W. Idzerda
Tuesday, April 7, 2015

WHITEWATER—Newcomer Kelly Davis was the only clear winner in the Whitewater School Board race Tuesday.

Davis, a policy analyst and volunteer, collected 1,498 votes.

“I'd like to congratulate Jim and Dan on running a positive campaign,” Davis said. “I look forward to serving on the board.”

Unofficial vote totals showed incumbent Dan McCrea also earned a seat with 1,061 votes. Jim Stewart had 1,038 votes.

Absentee votes still have to be counted, and the 23-vote difference between McCrea and Stewart likely will prompt a recount.

Davis said one of the biggest challenges facing the school board will be the budget.

“These are going to be trying times,” she said. “I look forward to adding a parent's voice to that discussion.”

Davis has two children in the school district and another who will be a student in a few years.

On her Facebook page, Davis said that's why she ran for school board: “I'm invested in this school district in the long run. I think our district is going in the right direction, and I want to be a part of a team that keeps us on that trajectory.”

Davis received a variety of endorsements from community members who worked with her on volunteer projects.

Many of them lauded her creativity. Others described her as someone who “listens to everyone involved and provides creative, thoughtful ideas” and as a “great motivator of people.”

Supporters also praised the amount of work Davis has done as a school volunteer.

McCrea has served on the school board since 2003. He is the business manager for Marshall Public Schools.

McCrea said he was concerned about Gov. Scott Walker's proposed budget and that programming across the district would be affected. Whatever tough decisions have to be made should be done in an “open and transparent process,” he said.

Stewart served on the school board from 1981 to 2002 and on the city council from 2002 to 2012.


Last updated: 11:47 pm Tuesday, April 7, 2015


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