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Welsh and Biesenthal to be New Wentzville Board of Education Members

The General Municipal Election on April 2 leads to new members of the Wentzville School Board of Education
Jonathan Hall
After a hard-fought race, Brad Welsh and David Biesenthal have won the 2024 Wentzville Board of Education election.

Early Tuesday morning polling centers all around the country opened up for voters to cast their vote for their General Municipal Election. Many important positions are voted on during this election, including fire districts, aldermen, mayors, councilmembers, and school board of education candidates. 

Liberty High School is one of the local polling locations for St. Charles County and was open from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. for members of the community to cast their ballots on various important decisions. 

After counting all of the votes, Brad Welsh and David A. Biesenthal won with a combined total of 56.8 percent of the votes, according to the St. Charles County Election Authority. Welsh earned the highest number of votes, with a total of 4,883 and Biesenthal came in a close second with a total of 4,872 votes. 

The newly elected board members will be sworn into their positions during an upcoming Board of Education meeting, presumably during the board reorganization on April 16. 

This is an increase from when they ran last year, as Welsh received 3,842 votes and Biesenthal received 3,982 votes but they both fell short of being elected.

Brad Welsh and David Biesenthal win the Wentzville Board of Education election with a combined total of 56.8% of the votes. (via St. Charles County Election Authority)

The other candidates, Cindy Reidy and Leigh Palitzsch, received the other 42.99 percent of the votes. Reidy received 3,847 votes equating to roughly 22.41 percent of the votes, and Palitzsch received 3,533 votes, or 20.58 percent of the total ballots casted.

Along with that, there were a total of 30 write in votes, making up just 0.17 percent of the total votes.

Many people in the local community learned about two of the candidates through a live-streamed event held by LHS Publications known as Town Hall. This livestream invited all candidates to come and answer questions pulled from the community and generated by the research team. 

To view the results of other elections in the surrounding area, please visit the St. Charles County Election Authority for updated information.

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Anna Simms is the editor-in-chief of LHStoday.org and this is her third year in publications. She is also in her senior year and second year at SCC. After high school, Anna plans on going to a university to study biomedical sciences, and later get a doctorate. She is also a part of Liberty’s drama club as an executive board member, and has done both acting and tech. Outside of school, you can find Anna either taking photos, editing, hanging out with friends, listening to music, or reading!

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