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Buzzell, Francour claim seats on Mequon-Thiensville School Board

April 2, 2014

Mequon — Paul Buzzell and Wendy Francour beat out Sid Terry on Tuesday to win places on the Mequon-Thiensville School Board.

Buzzell and Francour received 41 and 34 percent of the vote, respectively, while Terry received 24 percent.

The vote total remains unofficial until certified by the board of canvassers:

Paul Buzzell 2,789

Wendy Francour 2,351

Sid Terry 1,645

"I'm so thankful to our friends who came out to support me," Buzzell said. "You're almost in awe that people would support you and trust you and vote for you. It's really humbling."

Buzzell credited his finance background and deep roots in the Mequon community as reasons for his resounding victory, in which he polled highest in every voting ward.

"I hope that I'm someone who will be able to ask good questions and get to the facts of whatever the issue is," Buzzell said, adding that he hopes to be a voice on the School Board which can bridge opposing viewpoints when necessary.

Francour said her business and marketing background, paired with a "campaign with integrity," made the difference for school district voters and pushed her over the top.

"We really tried to keep kids foremost, and decisions on excellence of education foremost," Francour said of her campaign. "It's always about the kids."

Having been a longtime volunteer and having spoken with all the district principals and administrators, Francour said she is ready to hit the ground running.

"There's a reason we're the number one K-12 district (in Wisconsin)," Francour said. "We're doing something right. I'm excited to be a part of the decision-making."

Terry thanked the voters who supported him, but cautioned that Buzzell and Francour didn't take firm stances on several key issues, in his estimation, such as the Common Core or the possibility of a district referendum.

"We need to deal with issues," Terry said. "We can't keep skirting them."

In other contested North Shore school board races:

Brown Deer

Incumbent School Board President Gary Williams and incumbent board member Dennis Griffin edged out challenger Bill Weisgerber to keep their seats.

Griffin and Williams received 37 and 36 percent of the vote, respectively, while Weisgerber received 27 percent.

The vote total remains unofficial until certified by the board of canvassers:

Dennis Griffin (i) 934

Gary Williams (i) 904

Bill Weisgerber 696

Across Brown Deer, voter turned was 21 percent.

Shorewood

Incumbents Paru Shah and Ruth Treisman handily defended their seats on the Shorewood School Board, defeating challengers Gregg Davis and Margaret Schmidt.

Shah led the field with 41 percent of the vote, trailed by Treisman with 29 percent, Davis with 16 percent, and Schmidt with 14 percent.

The vote total remains unofficial until certified by the board of canvassers:

Paru Shah (i) 1,301

Ruth Treisman (i) 912

Gregg Davis (i) 496

Margaret Schmidt 443

Across Shorewood, voter turned was 20 percent.

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