McClelland to join incumbents Kohler, Matt on school board

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Voters in the New Albany-Plain Local School District elected Laura Kohler, Natalie Matt and John McClelland to the school board Nov. 5, according to unofficial results from the Franklin and Licking County boards of elections.

The results, which included absentee ballots, were calculated with all precincts in both counties reporting.

McClelland was the top vote-getter, with 1,175 votes, or 21.06 percent of the votes cast in Franklin County and one vote from the single precinct in Licking County.

“The last couple of years, I’ve been working with these folks quite a bit and I’m excited to continue to help make New Albany the best school district in the country,” McClelland said.

“I feel very fortunate to have worked with both Laura and Natalie on a number of initiatives over last few years. I think they are incredible advocates for our kids and our schools and I’m excited to continue to work with them.”

Kohler and Matt were re-elected to second terms, with Kohler receiving 1,149 votes, or 20.59 percent of votes cast in Franklin County, and Matt receiving 1,100 votes, or 19.71 percent.

“I’m really grateful to the voters for what I will interpret as an endorsement of the direction we’re headed as school district,” Kohler said.

Matt could not be reached for comment.

The other three candidates in the field were:

• Chris Lopez, who received 965 votes, or 17.29 percent of the votes cast in Franklin County and one vote in Licking County.

• Todd Wielinski, who received 625 votes, or 11.2 percent of the votes cast in Franklin County and one vote in Licking County.

• Joanne Williams, who received 566 votes, or 10.14 percent of the votes cast in Franklin County.

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