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Buboltz elected to DL School Board

Detroit Lakes third ward Voters lined up Tuesday to cast their votes in First Lutheran Church. Photo by - Brian Basham

Jackie Buboltz was the top vote-getter in the race for the Detroit Lakes School Board, in which four candidates competed for three seats.

Buboltz received 5,294 votes, or 31.3 percent.

The second highest vote-getter was Tom Seaworth, who received 5,171 votes, or 30.6 percent. Ladd Lyngaas came in third with 4,216 votes, or 24.9 percent.

Attorney Daniel S. El-Dweek received 2,166 votes, or 12.8 percent.

There were also 71 write-in votes.

The only new face to the school board, Buboltz says she was excited to not only learn that she had been elected onto the board but that she was the top vote-getter.

"That's very exciting -- I'm very appreciative of the support of friends and family and those that voted for me," said Buboltz, who begins her four-year stint on the board on Jan. 2.

"But I've actually been going to the meetings since September just to begin learning about some of the things the board is dealing with and some of the acronyms and verbiage," said Buboltz, who says her first course of action is to continue learning.

"Just to get up to speed on understanding the business part of the district and becoming familiar with the key players within the school district, and then understand some of the decisions we need to make to ensure success for our school," she said of her plans for the next month and a half before her swearing-in.

The Detroit Lakes native, who works at Essentia Health in non-clinical training, is married and has two children in the school district.

DL city council, mayor

There was only one contested race in the Detroit Lakes City Council and mayoral race this year, and incumbent Bruce Imholte has retained his alderman-at-large spot on the council.

Newcomer Rick Johnson was running against Imholte.

The final vote tally was 2,153 for Imholte and 1,437 for Johnson. There were 18 write-in votes.

Mayor Matt Brenk was re-elected for another term, as were council members Ron Zeman, first ward; Jamie Marks Erickson, second ward; and Marty Waller, third ward.