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Dalbeck Out, Broberg and Wilcox In as School Board Race Shapes Up

Filing period opened this week and extends to mid-August for the Nov. 6 election.

July 19, 2007|By Erna Taylor-Stark

With just over three weeks left in the school board race filing period, longtime board member Virginia "Jinny" Dalbeck announced Tuesday night to her board colleagues that she would not seek another term on the board.

Dalbeck's name will not appear on the November ballot, but incumbent Cindy Wilcox has stated her intention to seek reelection and former board member Jeanne Broberg made the trip to Norwalk Monday morning to file her candidacy papers with the county Registrar-Recorder. Just two of the five school board seats, those currently held by Dalbeck and Wilcox, are open this time around.

Dalbeck has been a member of the local school board since 1994, when she was appointed to complete the term of a departing board member.

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Dalbeck dropped off a press release at the Valley Sun on Wednesday. Phone calls to her home seeking comment were not returned as of press deadline.

However, in her press release Dalbeck said, " … as elected officials we have an obligation to nurture and encourage quality leadership within the community," and that "a generation of leadership is denied its opportunity to serve" if officials hold onto their seats too long. She said she intends to remain an active advocate for public education.

According to her board colleague Joel Peterson, Dalbeck felt that she may have become "viewed as a Board 'fixture' and people came to rely upon her." Peterson stated that "Jinny felt it was time to make room for new people to come on the board and that there were other public-spirited people who would want to contribute.

"I am very disappointed that we are losing someone who has so much capability and has devoted so much time to our community as a whole and to our board," Peterson said. "I understand her wanting to make room in her life for other things. This board takes up an incredible amount of volunteer time and effort. I will miss her very much and wish her well.

"As a board, we have tremendous respect for each other and strive to come together in all our decisions for the good of the students and the teachers. Jinny has been an integral part of all these decisions," Peterson said.

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