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Klein, Rowen prevail in Sierra College election

By: Loryll Nicolaisen, Journal staff writer
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In greater Auburn-area school board elections, Aaron Klein and Elaine Rowen pulled in more Sierra College trustee votes than their opponents and Pam Robie Hart beat Don Brophy for the Placer County Board of Education Area 4 seat, among other education races. Sierra Joint Community College District board of trustees Aaron Klein, running for another term as the Sierra Joint Community College District Area 7 trustee, beat out his challenger, John Vodonick. When all the votes were tallied early Wednesday morning, Klein had 57,050, or nearly 54 percent of the vote, while Vodonick had 49,029, or 46 percent, of the vote. “I’m just honored and humbled to have the chance to serve for the next four years, if these numbers hold up,” Klein said Tuesday night. Elaine Rowen had 55 percent of the vote, and Dennis Michael Cota had 44 percent of the vote, for the Area 4 seat, according to county election results. Placer Union Board of Education Initial reports showed Pam Robie Hart, candidate for the Placer County Board of Education Area 4 seat, leading over incumbent Don Brophy. That trend stayed true as she ended up 54 percent and he with 45 percent of the vote. “I’m guardedly excited,” Robie Hart said Tuesday night. “It’s kind of close right now but I’m really excited.” Hart said she’d work hard in her newly elected position. “I’m looking forward to the challenge and I’ll certainly do the best that I can do,” she said. Auburn Union Elementary School District board of trustees Steven Weaver and incumbent Linda Beasley were the top two vote getters for two seats on the Auburn Union Elementary School District board of trustees. Weaver had 5,706, or 33 percent of the votes; Beasley had 5,483, or 32 percent, of the votes; and Ken Nittler had 4,473, or 26 percent of the votes. Daniel Berlant, who could not withdraw from the race in time to remove his name from the ballot, received 1,613, or 9 percent, of the vote. “That is phenomenal,” Weaver said around 10:15 p.m. Tuesday. “That’s just amazing. I’m grateful for the confidence of the voters.” Placer Union High School District board of trustees Kathleen Geary, Placer Union High School District Area 5 incumbent, defeated Michael Stafford with 15,512 votes, or 52 percent. Stafford had 13,975 votes, or 47 percent, with 56.1 percent. The Journal’s Loryll Nicolaisen can be reached at lorylln@goldcountrymedia.com, or comment online at Auburnjournal.com.