GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WOOD) — The Grand Haven School board appears to have a new member after a crowded race of write-in candidates.
Although votes from two precincts have not yet been counted, Nichol Stack appears likely to win a partial term on the Grand Haven school board.
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There were four write-in candidates on the board to fill the seat of board Treasurer Chris Houghtaling, who had plans not to run but then filed as a write-in for his seat after former board member Brandon Hall entered the race.
Hall was forced to resign from the board in 2010 after being convicted of stealing from a school charity. He is facing misdemeanor election fraud charges for forging petition signatures in 2012 in an attempt to help get Houghtaling on the ballot to run for judge.
Votes from Spring Lake Township and Norton Shores still must be added to the total for the official result. Election officers will then examine the ballots and determine if the name written is close enough to the candidate’s name to count as a vote.
As of Wednesday morning Stack held a 336 vote lead over her closest opponent.