ISD 621 incumbents hold on to seats

Robert Helgeson
Robert Helgeson
Amy Jones
Amy Jones
Jonathan Weinhagen
Jonathan Weinhagen
Sandra Westerman
Sandra Westerman

Five candidates were on the ballot Nov. 3 for four-at-large seats on the Mounds View Public Schools ISD 621 Board and all four incumbents were reelected.

Robert Helgeson, Amy Jones, Jonathan Weinhagen and Sandra Westerman were the winning incumbents. Challenger John Hakes was hoping to take a seat away from one of them -- he failed to do so with only 12 percent of the vote.

Weinhagen garnered nearly 23 percent -- he was appointed to the board in July 2014 to replace Lisa Sjobeck -- and will start his first elected 4-year term in January.

"I love the work. I’m passionate about where the district has been and where we’re heading" he said the morning after the election.

Weinhagen said he will continue to prioritize all students having access to high quality pre-K experiences and closing the achievement gap. He also said future facility needs have to be looked at.

When he found out he was elected, Weinhagen said he was excited but also humbled.

"To know [voters] came out and found me to be a worthy member of this policy government board was extremely humbling," he said.

Helgeson, a 12-year board member received about 21 percent of the vote. He told the Bulletin previously that the district needs to maintain its building and facilities in a fiscally responsible way.

Jones landed her second term on the board, receiving just more than 22 percent of the votes. She has said she will work to strengthen and expand early college programming.

Westerman received the most votes of any candidate with roughly 23.5 percent in being elected to her second term and campaigned on meeting the needs of aging facilities and demands in the district.

Hannah Burlingame can be reached at 651-748-7824 or staffwriter@lillienews.com.


Mounds View Public Schools ISD 623 Board election results via the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State

There were 46,953 registered voters in the district as of 7 a.m. on election day.

Candidate       Total votes  Percentage    
John Hakes     1615 12.02%
Jonathan Weinhagen     2904 21.61%
Robert Helgeson 2712 20.18%
Sandra Westerman 3160 23.51%
Amy Jones 2988 22.23%
Write-in 61 0.45%

 

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