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North wins write-in race for Culpeper School Board


Michelle North has been declared the winner of the School Board race in Culpeper’s Jefferson District.

The Culpeper County Electoral Board announced the official results following a canvas Wednesday during which votes in Tuesday’s election were certified.

North, one of four announced write-in candidates in a district with no name on the School Board ballot, collected 661 votes, while Josh Pollack received 362. Incumbent Leanne Malulani finished third with 166 votes; Amy Brubaker got 16 votes.

North, a 60-year-old physician recruitment administrator at Culpeper Regional Hospital, had the backing of several Board of Supervisors members and mounted a strong campaign, sending letters to every resident in her district.

Malulani, who had served three terms on the School Board, said she did not complete paperwork to get her name on the ballot because she was having “family issues” at the time.

When those issues improved, she decided to take her chances as a write-in candidate.

Malulani’s did win in one respect: Her name was spelled 20 different ways on various ballots. North’s name was spelled 14 different ways, while voters spelled Pollack’s name 12 different ways. The Electoral Board did not count off for spelling.

Forty-four names—all real people—received at least one write-in vote for the Jefferson District School Board seat.

Donnie Johnston: