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Nichole Cohen returning to Lake Havasu school board

November 8, 2018

While votes continue to be tallied, it appears that Nichole Cohen has won Tuesday’s race for a seat on the Lake Havasu Unified School District’s Governing Board.

Cohen defeated Danny Pirtle in the election. She will serve out the remaining two years of Alan Ward’s term. Ward unexpectedly vacated his position on the board earlier this year. Cohen initially was elected to the school board in 2015 and served as its president in 2017. On Wednesday afternoon, she said she looks forward to continuing to be on the board as a taxpayer watchdog.

“It’s very humbling that my name earned over 9,000 votes. I take that responsibility very seriously,” she said, noting that as the mother of four grown children, she is able to devote herself full time to her post on the school board.

“Moving forward, I plan to focus on our schools’ curriculum and look for more funding at the state level. Now that we’re past the election cycle, I can spend more time in Phoenix lobbying legislators,” she said. Cohen stressed that she foots the bill for her trips to the state capital on behalf of the school district.

She also addressed her challenger in the school board election.

“I would like to thank Dr. Pirtle for his continued service to the community. I will always be open and available to discuss the ways that individual liberty and personal responsibility are the best ways to achieve our founders’ vision of freedom,” she said in an email.

School board president John Masden said he’s ready to continue working with Cohen as well as welcoming two new board members in January. Lisa Roman and Archana Aliyar will be sworn at the board’s Jan. 8 meeting to begin their four-year terms. New board officers also will be elected at that time.

“It’s going to be an interesting year,” Masden said of 2019. “New people bring new ideas. We’ll see where that leads in our discussions.”

Topics that he expects will be revisited include the district’s dress code for students and “teacher pay from a legislative-driven standpoint.”

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