Wolstenholm ran against incumbent Laura Petelle and won with 68 percent of the vote. Wolstenholm already announced she would step down if elected because for medical reasons. A community group, Change150 backed Wolstenholm anyway, hoping to send a message to the school board that people want change. The organization wants the board to consider a candidate of their choice.
“Obviously we are encouraged. This is what happens when the democratic process happens and the public has spoken and obviously is desirous of a change in 150,” said Change150 spokesman, Sea Stipe.
Petelle's term is up in July.
In a statement she said, “Unfortunately, all the anger that has been directed at District 150 — the Board and the Administration — seems to have peaked when voting against me seemed to be the only outlet for so many in our community. This has been a difficult campaign for me and my family. I'm disappointed by the outcome, but to a large extent I'm simply relieved this is over.”
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