Challengers Paulsen, Mathieson join two incumbents taking seats on District 200 board
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Two of the three incumbents survived the nine-person race for the four available seats on the Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 board.
Barbara Intihar, who has served on the board since 2001, and Joann Coghill, who has served since 2004, reclaimed their seats Tuesday night.
Ken Knicker, who was appointed to the board in 1996 and elected for the first time in 2001, saw his tenure come to a close as challengers Brad Paulsen and James Mathieson captured the other two seats.
With all 80 precincts reporting, unofficial results showed Coghill with 4,857 votes, Intihar with 4,792, Paulsen with 4,748 and Mathieson with 4,596.
Janet "Jan" Shaw finished with 3,732 votes and Knicker claimed 3,570 as the other candidates that earned at least 10 percent of the vote. Kyle Nenninger (3,236), Harold Lonks (2,871) and Bruce Fogerty (1,937) rounded out the field.
Paulsen, a 46-year-old architect who designs school buildings, attends school conferences across the country and wants to bring some of those ideas home to District 200.
"I get exposed to a lot of innovative ideas in teaching and learning," Paulsen said. "I get so jazzed up about it. That's what spurred me on. It's never been about, 'I've got to fix this.' It's about how I can help for the future."
Mathieson, a 64-year-old certified public accountant who's the managing partner of Mathieson, Moyski, Celer and Co., intends to lend his expertise as the board deals with anticipated financial challenges.
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