MARQUETTE - Marquette Area Public Schools Board of Education President Scott Brogan won his bid for re-election Tuesday, with more than 77 percent of the vote.
"I'm certainly pleased to be re-elected to another term," Brogan said Tuesday night
With a total of 7,987 votes, Brogan's total topped the number of write-in votes - 2,314- by 5,646 votes.
Marquette resident Carrie Biolo mounted a write-in campaign, hoping to beat the incumbent for his spot on the board.
Brogan said he'd like to thank Biolo for stepping forward and bringing important issues to the forefront during her campaign.
"She received over 2,000 votes and that's a very impressive accomplishment for a write-in candidate," Brogan said, adding that he hopes Biolo and her supporters will not be discouraged but will continue to be engaged in the goings-on of the district.
Looking toward the future, Brogan said it is imperative that the board begin to look at ways to communicate with the public about the district's need to renew its current operational millage.
"If this fails, our district will be decimated," he said. "The arts, extracurriculars and athletics will be impacted to a devastating degree."
The operational millage - set at 18 mills - has been collected for the past 20 years and is factored into the state's budget when it allocates funds to individual school districts.
Jackie Stark can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242.