Primary cuts school board field to four candidates
By Adam Hocking
MARSHFIELD — Tuesday night’s Marshfield School Board primary has whittled the field of candidates from five to four, as Thomas W. Binder was eliminated from contention and will not appear on the April 5 ballot.
Incumbent Amber Leifheit garnered the most votes of any candidate in the primary and will be joined on the April ballot by Mark Critelli, Dale Yakaites, and Dan Wald. Those four candidates will vie for two open spots on the board. Current board member Pete Mancl will not seek re-election.
Leifheit is currently the vice president of the school board.
“I really want to thank all of my supporters, and I look forward to a thorough discussion of the issues between now and the general election on April 5,” said Leifheit when reached for comment Tuesday night.
The tally of votes, according to information released by the school district, had Leifheit with 1,539 votes, Yakaites with 1,276, Wald with 858, Critelli with 665, and Binder with 616.
Wald is currently the chair of the Wood County Republican Party. In an interview with Hub City Times, Wald has said he is running for school board “to be a voice for taxpayers, parents, and students.”
Yakaites held various teaching, coaching, and administrative roles throughout his career working in the Marshfield School District.
“I am running for school board because I think individual board members should strive to represent all the people in the district and put personal and political agendas aside,” said Yakaites in an earlier interview with Hub City Times.
Critelli previously served on the school board for six years and is looking to regain his spot.
“There will always be challenges to providing a quality education. The best way to address those challenges is by goal-oriented decision making filtered through values and applied to the district’s resources,” Critelli said in a previous interview with Hub City Times.