Change150 Celebrates Wolstenholm School Board Win

Published 03/18 2014 11:06PM

Updated 03/18 2014 11:08PM

PEORIA - A closely watched battle for the Peoria District 150 school board seat in District 3 resulted in a win for Sue Wolstenholm.

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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