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Franklin, Kramer, Peltz, Shaw advance

Four will vie in April for two Nicolet seats

Feb. 18, 2009

Incumbent Marilyn Franklin, Jennifer Peltz, David Kramer and JoAnn Shaw will advance to the April election to battle for two three-year terms on the Nicolet School Board after the primary election Feb. 17.

The fifth candidate, Mary Whittet, was eliminated from the race.

The primary vote totals, according to unofficial results:

Marilyn Franklin (i)

1,439

Jennifer Peltz

812

David Kramer

692

JoAnn Shaw

335

Mary Whittet

282

Election results remain unofficial until they are certified by the board of canvassers, which met after press deadline.

Franklin led the field of five candidates, gathering 40.4 percent of the votes. Peltz captured 22.8 percent, Kramer, 19.4 percent, and JoAnn Shaw, 9.4 percent. Whittet garnered 7.9 percent.

Franklin said, "I think people identified the fact that I really care about this community, about the kids and about the taxpayers."

Franklin's campaign emphasized quality education while keeping in mind the ability of taxpayers to provide it.

Saying she is happy the primary is over, Franklin is looking toward the general election.

"I will definitely put my all into it," she said.

Peltz, who will step down from the Glendale-River Hills School Board in April, put in a solid second-place performance.

"I'd like to thank all those who supported me," she said on election night.

She said it was hard to guess what made the crucial difference in the primary, but she noted the top vote-getters all have experience. The top three have served either on the Nicolet or the Glendale-River Hills school boards, or both, and Shaw is a Glendale alderwoman and worked at Nicolet for 19 years.

Peltz emphasized her experience on the Glendale-River Hills board, but also her familiarity with large budgets through her work during her primary campaign.

Former Nicolet board member Kramer said he had no campaign signs or literature for the primary but as a candidate was in harmony with the main thing on voters' minds - ensuring the schools make their money go as far as possible.

"They just don't want to waste money," Kramer said, adding that neither does he.

Shaw also did not have signs or literature for the primary, but is considering both for the general election.

"The biggest thing is the economy and the budget," Shaw said about the primary balloting.

In her campaign, she stressed keeping Nicolet at the top of its game despite the economic vice it is in from declining enrollments.

The general election is Tuesday, April 7.

Jane Ford-Stewart can be reached at (262) 446-6607.

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