The race for three board seats in Kildeer-Countryside School District 96 Tuesday could have taken place at Arlington Racecourse.
It turned out to be a real horse race, with incumbent Elizabeth A. Dietz topping the field with 1,999 votes in unofficial tallies.
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Newcomer Lauren Gordon placed second, with 1,883 votes, while incumbent John P. Rouleau took the final spot, with 1,635 votes.
Barely finishing out of the money was Richard J. Hazan, with 1,623 votes.
"I'm real happy that these voters had that kind of confidence in me," Dietz said, adding, "I will do my best not to let them down."
There was a note of disappointment for Dietz, however, since she, Rouleau and Hazan were running as a team, although she stressed that they were also running as individuals.
She said Gordon would be a good board member.
"She was very active in the district."
Gordon, who has been active in PTOs for nine years, including two as a PTO president, said, "This was my first time running. I did not know what to expect."
Now that it is over, she said, "I'm thrilled. I think that the voting has shown an incredible amount of confidence in my ability to be a board member, which I'm looking forward to."