Newberry Schwartz, Barber, Blankemeier win in D97

? Presumable next board president gets 27 percent of vote, 4 points above second-place Blankemeier.

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Carolyn Newberry Schwartz led candidates for District 97 Board of Education and looked to have been re-elected, garnering 27.4 percent of the vote as of 9:48 p.m. Tuesday.

Julie Blankemeier and Peter Barber also seemed to have won election to the board, with 23 percent and 20.8 percent respectively.

Blankemeier, the only candidate able to be reached immediately Tuesday night, thanked her campaign staff and said she expected voters chose her to back her campaign platform, that "our schools are fine, but should be outstanding."

Blankemeier criticized the district and board during her campaign, but said she expected no friction between her and other board members.

"Hopefully they know I respect the work they've done," Blankemeier said. "These are all great people. ... I think we'll work great together."

She could not say what her first order of business would be on the new board, saying she's part of a team?#34;with the board and with the community?#34;and will wait to see "where the board's at, and see where the community's at" before making her voice heard.

Not winning election to the board were Kathy Tortorice with 16 percent of the vote, and Vic Guarino with 13 percent.

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