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Beatrice school board takes shape

November 7, 2018

The Beatrice Public School Board of Education entered Tuesday’s general election with four seats up for grabs. Voters in the district could vote for four of the seven candidates featured on the ballot.

Both incumbents running for re-election, Doris Martin and Jon Zimmerman were re-elected.

Martin, a retired teacher, led all candidates with 2,762 votes in the unofficial totals Tuesday night. Zimmerman finished with 2,088 votes to retain his seat on the board.

“I’m just pleased and excited to once again hopefully do good things for kids,” Martin said Tuesday night. “I’m most of all humbled that people thought enough of the job I’ve done so far to reelect me.”

Martin added that she looks forward to continue her work with BPS superintendent Jason Alexander and assistant superintendent Jackie Nielsen.

“I think it’s an exciting time and it’s looking good for Beatrice schools,” Martin said.

Zimmerman and Martin will be joined by newcomers Erin Chadwick (2,078 votes) and Eric Trusty who finished with 2,150 votes.

Chadwick said she’s honored to be able to serve for the Beatrice school board.

“I’m honored to serve and I think youth are hugely important to our community, to our county, to our schools,” Chadwick said. “I’m thrilled to be able to serve in that capacity.”

Challengers Eric Book and Monte Lofing finished with 1,865 votes and 1,863 votes, respectively. Andrew Pinney finished with 870 votes.

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