RACINE — A Racine Unified School Board newcomer netted the most votes Tuesday, getting elected alongside two incumbents, according to unofficial results with all precincts reporting.
Michael Frontier, a retired Racine educator, got 9,314 votes, a total that surpassed the votes for the two incumbents in the race: Julie McKenna and Christopher Eperjesy. McKenna got 9,035 votes and Eperjesy got 8,428.
Meanwhile, candidate Robert Wittke Jr. got 6,817, Roger Pfost got 5,615 and Kristie Formolo got 5,237, according to unofficial results.
“I think people are looking for change, are looking for a more effective school system,” Frontier said to explain the voters who turned out for him. “They want to see the graduation rate improve so kids will stay here and be contributing to make Racine a beacon.
“I’m overwhelmed with the great support from the community,” continued Frontier, 70, of Racine, who works with students at the John XXIII Educational Center. “I’m looking forward to working with the kids and the School Board and challenging the community to make this the great school district we once were.”
McKenna, a 51-year-old respiratory care practitioner of Racine, said she was happy to continue her work on the School Board and took vote totals Tuesday as validation of her good job so far.
“I think it’s because people know me and I’m honored,” she said of her re-election. “It’s my sixth time being elected in a row so I’m taking it as confirmation they like my work.”
Eperjesy, a 45-year-old Caledonia man who is Twin Disc’s chief financial officer, was appointed to the board last year and thinks his campaign focus on addressing poverty helped him survive his first election.
“I think Racine has a lot of problems that we all need to come together to work to figure out solutions for and I think a lot of that revolves around poverty and I talked about that a lot and I think people agree,” Eperjesy said. “I’m just happy to have three more years to continue doing what we’re trying to do.”
Frontier, McKenna and Eperjesy were each elected to a three-year term. They will be sworn in April 22.