Mueller re-elected, Pabian and Jaixen likely on Lakeview board
COLUMBUS, Nov 07, 2012 (Columbus Telegram - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Two incumbents and one fresh face appear poised to take spots on the Lakeview Community Schools Board of Education.
Tim Mueller, who has served four years on the school board, leads the five candidates seeking three spots on the board after Tuesday's general election. Mueller's 1,497 votes guarantee him another four-year term, but the remaining two spots are still in question with 177 provisional ballots uncounted in Platte County.
Incumbent Dan Pabian, also completing his first term on the school board, and newcomer Jerry Jaixen are currently ahead in the race to fill these seats with 1,040 and 1,075 votes, respectively.
Eric Stuthman, an insurance agent and former teacher from rural Platte Center, is still alive in the race with 992 votes, but would need a dramatic come-from-behind push to emerge from the uncounted ballots. The fifth candidate, Larry Hassebrook of Platte Center, is eliminated from contention with just 721 votes.
Mueller, a rural Columbus resident, was asleep when he got the news of his victory around midnight today. The 51-year-old thanked voters for re-electing him to the Lakeview School Board, saying he would do the best job possible to serve the taxpayers.
Pabian, a 53-year-old sales representative with Frontier Communications and owner of The Alarm Center Inc., and Jaixen, a 44-year-old rural Columbus farmer, could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.
The top three vote-getters will serve four-year terms beginning in January.
Current board member Jerry Korte did not seek re-election.
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