Union Support of School Board Candidate Causes Concern — For Both Sides

Mandi McDougall is running against incumbent school board member Jami Lund.

The second round of votes tallied Thursday afternoon show Mandi McDougall holding her lead over Jami Lund with 50.66 percent of the vote to Lund’s 48.36 percent. 

The next count will be released Friday.

The first round of votes on Tuesday indicated that McDougall was leading Lund for the Centralia School Board race in District 4, as the political newcomer has received 50.96 percent of the vote, with 1,955 votes, compared to the incumbent’s total of 47.9 percent, or  1,838 votes. 

The Strong Centralia Schools Political Action Committee sponsored by the Washington Education Association supported McDougall’s candidacy with $91,720.81 — according to the state Public Disclosure Commission, which was a source of consternation for Lund, as previously reported by The Chronicle on Nov. 1. 

When The Chronicle contacted Lund for comment following the posting of election results, he said, in a text message: “$94,195 is a lot of campaign money to overcome in a volunteer school board race.” 

In other races, Beverly Clark’s lead was up to 59 percent over challenger John Elmore.

Vickie Jackson maintained her lead over Alma Neuert with nearly 70 percent.


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