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Kristine Lindeman and Shelly Wenger were elected to Fredericktown Local Schools Board of Education on Tuesday.

FREDERICKTOWN — There will be two new faces on the Fredericktown Local School Board of Education.

Candidates Shelly Wenger and Kristine Lindeman were elected to represent the school district Tuesday, with four total candidates on the ballot.

Both candidates are parents to Fredericktown school students.

Wenger and Lindeman defeated twice-elected school board members Candi Gallagher and Todd McClay, board members who’ve had seats for eight years.

According to final, unofficial vote totals from Knox County Board of Elections, Lindeman secured 1,602 votes (35%) and Wenger secured 1,162 (25%) of the votes. McClay landed in third place with 990 (22%) votes; Gallagher with 743 (16%) votes.

“I would just like to express my sincere gratitude to my family, friends, and the voters of the Fredericktown School District for all of their encouragement and support,” Wenger said. “I am honored and excited to have the opportunity to serve my alma mater and my community!”

Lindeman said she looks forward to working alongside the other board members “as we navigate what is best for students, staff, our district, and our community.”

“It’s always been an honor to be a part of a school district with such a rich culture and tradition,” Lindeman said. “I am grateful for the outpouring [of] support I have received from the community.

“The experience has been humbling and I can’t wait to dig in, learn, and serve in this new capacity.”

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