Newcomer Brownlee leads School Board election; Incumbent narrowly returned

Clear Lake School Board President Chyrl Bergvig and newcomer Tony Brownlee captured the two board seats up for decision in the Regular School Election Tuesday, Sept. 12.

Brownlee was the top vote getter in the local election with 306 votes.  Bergvig was next with 252, followed by another first-time candidate, Rick Knudson, with 237 votes.

“I am honored to serve a second term.  My goal is to continue to make the Clear Lake School District the best that it can be,” said Bergvig.

“Today, families have choices when it comes to selecting a school for their children.  I want to see Clear Lake become a destination not just for tourism, but also for school education and community experience,” said Brownlee.  “I believe if we focus on teacher pay, technology, and facilities, we will make Clear Lake more attractive to these families that are considering relocating to our community.”

Just over 7 percent (454) of the 6,425 registered voters in Clear Lake turned out for the election.


First-time candidate Jay Larkin received the most votes in the Garner-Hayfield-Ventura School District election.  Larkin garnered 240 votes, while incumbents Jack Toppin and Steve Watson earned 222 and 191 votes respectively.  Write-in candidate Brian Roberts received good support with 113 votes.  An additional six votes were cast for scattered persons.

The newcomer, Larkin, will fill Larry Costello’s seat on the board, while Wat-

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