FLINT TWP. — The write-in votes have been tallied and certified and it is now official that Lisa Koegel has won the open seat on the Carman-Ainsworth Schools Board of Education, according to Genesee County election results.
Koegel was one of three candidates vying for a six-year term. Voters cast 889 write-in ballots for the position. Koegel topped the list with 443 votes, followed by Alex Clark with 102 votes and William Newsom with 15 votes.
Lakisha Bah-Stewart also received seven write-in votes for a partial two-year term that was won by Gary Cousins with 9,051 votes. Cousins was appointed to the board in June to fill a vacancy but required to run in the November general election to retain his seat.
Koegel is well-known in the C-A community. According to her election bio, she and her husband, John, have been Flint Township residents for 25 years. Their two daughters graduated from C-AHS and they have two sons currently attending the high school.
Koegel is a former public school educator with 16 years of volunteer service at the elementary, middle, high school and district levels. That includes serving as a *Parent representative for student reinstatement hearings at C-A Middle School; the *North Central Accreditation parent panel at the elementary and district level; and *Parent representative for the Superintendent interview committee. Koegel graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Music Education and has continuing education experience.
She is due to take her Oath of Office at the board’s organizational meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 3. 2017.