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Incumbents win Jefferson City school board seats

Ken Adams feeds his ballot into the automatic reader as he casts his vote at Moreau Heights School during Tuesday’s general election. Moreau Heights is the polling place for residents of Ward 5, Precinct 3.

Ken Adams feeds his ballot into the automatic reader as he casts his vote at Moreau Heights School during Tuesday’s general election. Moreau Heights is the polling place for residents of Ward 5, Precinct 3. Photo by Shaun Zimmerman.

Incumbents Doug Whitehead and Dennis Nickelson defeated newcomer Harold Coots and secured their seats for another term on the Jefferson City Board of Education in Tuesday’s municipal election.

Whitehead received 7,008 votes, Nickelson 6,938 and Coots 5,326. There were two write-ins on the ballot, totaling 217 votes.

“I’m humbled and thankful for the community to have voted me in for re-election,” Whitehead said. “I loved every minute of serving and am happy to continue working for kids, staff and the community.”

Nickelson is looking forward to serving on the board for three more years.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do to provide for our kids,” he said.” There’s lots of issues we need to take care of, and they’re not just going to go away.”

Coots said he’s happy the two tax levies failed, and he congratulated Whitehead and Nickelson on their wins.

“The voters made their decision,” Coots said. “That’s why we vote. I wish them luck, and we’ll see what we come up with for the schools.”

Whitehead and Nickelson will be sworn into office in April.

Accompanying photo: Voter submits ballot

See additional election coverage here.

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