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Challenger Comes Out Ahead of 2 Incumbents for Racine Unified Board

The Racine Unified community chose to keep two incumbents on the ballot for the April general election, but a challenger came out on top overall during this primary.

The ballots are in, and the votes have been counted. Racine Unified voters chose a challenger over two board incumbents in Tuesday's primary election.

Mike Frontier came out on top with a total vote count of 4,082, or 14 percent of the total ballots cast. Incumbents Chris Eperjesy and Julie McKenna round out the top three with 3,235 (11.26 percent) and 2,897 votes (10 percent), respectively.

The top six vote-getters will advance to the April general election.

Also in the top six are Robert Wittke, Jr. (2,737, or 9.53 percent), Roger Pfost (2,416, 8.14 percent) and Kristie Formolo (1,704,or 5.93 percent).

Voters will next head to the polls on April 2. The top three candidates that day will join the school board.

The candidates who are advancing aren't necessarily the ones that carried the villages. Carrying Caledonia were Wittke, Eperjesy and McKenna. Mount Pleasant's top three included Frontier, Eperjesy and Wittke. In Sturtevant the top three vote-getters were Frontier, McKenna and Wittke (95).

Here's how the votes tallied up in Caledonia, Mount Pleasant and Sturtevant, compared with the overall winners. An (i) denotes an incumbent; candidates advancing to the general election in April are marked in bold. Learn more about the candidates' backgrounds, top priorities, the district's achievement gap and the biggest issue facing RUSD.

Candidate Total votes Caledonia Mt. Pleasant Sturtevant Anguiano 1207 257 226 54 Betker 1414 339 317 55 Brown 863 50 169 29 Bryce 1524 426 339 69 Eperjesy (i) 3235 761 807 83 Formolo 1704 501 492 78 Frontier 4082 328 1029 106 McKenna (i) 2897 661 694 105 Pfost 2416 658 581 85 Wittke  2737 820 750 95
c February 20, 2013 at 04:08 PM
Another failure for brickhead Bryce
Racine Progressive February 21, 2013 at 12:29 AM
Too bad for Randy Bryce, but glad to see the top 3 vote getters were: Mike Frontier, Chris Eperjesy and Julie McKenna. Hopefully they will be the top 3 in April.
Brian Dey February 21, 2013 at 01:43 AM
I really like Chris Eperjesy. I was on the board with Julie McKenna and she is a nice person, but she is a tired board member and has contributed very little her last two terms. 6 terms is enough for anyone, and unfortunately, there is nothing left for her to give. I supported her in all of elections but cannot anymore. With Mike Frontier, I have several concerns. One is his association with the recall efforts and public comments he has made, and one that he is a former administrator and has ties to Al Levie and by extension, Jennifer Levie. I am uncomfortable supporting anyone who may have a conflict of interest with the new REA head, especially since the Levie's have taken very political and militant stances in the past.
Django Freeman February 21, 2013 at 05:10 AM
Where are them vouchers at. All these ppl ever do is find more ways 2 increase their budget and cost us taxpayers.
WIwishes March 25, 2013 at 05:08 PM
Brian Dey: politics only matter to you if they agree with YOUR politics. Your statement of having "several" concerns only lists one concern...politics. Since you mention "public comments", I will research these comments. Your own comments on this blog lead me not to value your opinion much at all. In addition, Formolo is very political and an extreme tea party republican...yet you don't call her out. Her own name calling comments on here make her a poor choice for politics. The vouchers are a joke and have no business being a tool in public schools. Private schools are not open to all public students therefore negating the word "public". If you want your kids to go to private, by all means, send them there at your own expense. Since there is school choice in Racine, and open enrollment options in other public school districts, vouchers are not necessary.

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