School board primary elections in Waukesha and Ozaukee counties see unexpected outcomes Tuesday night

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WAUKESHA, Wis. (CBS 58) - The primary election for school boards in Waukesha and Ozaukee counties saw some unexpected outcomes Tuesday night.

Waukesha, Mequon, Menomonee Falls and Cedarburg all held elections. Politics were at the forefront of all of them, with conservatives taking some of the top spots.

"I think it goes back to the summer before Waukesha opened the schools in hybrid. I think a lot of parents in Waukesha School District made it really clear through surveys that they wanted the school open five days a week and had a school board tell them we're not going to do that," David Wadd, a campaign consultant, said.

Politics played a huge part in the Waukesha School Board primary election Tuesday. Six candidates will move on for three open spots. The three candidates running as conservatives racked up the most votes Tuesday night. One incumbent will not advance -- while two others will.

The three challengers in Menomonee Falls also led the polls. But both incumbents will move on to the general election as well. There are three open seats on the Menomonee Falls School Board.

Four new candidates are moving on in Mequon, including one candidate who lost in the recall election back in November. No incumbents ran.

"Yesterday we saw some great results. What we saw, that some people maybe didn't like the process of, was the recall did come out and support our candidates," campaign manager Amber Schroeder said.

Finally, in Cedarburg, all three incumbents are moving on with five challengers. But incumbent Jennifer Calzada actually pulled out of the race earlier this month because of threats. Her name still remained on the ballot. Still - people voted to send her to the April election.

"It's disappointing for her. She pulled out for a reason, to protect her family, but also living in a community, 1,300 people voted for somebody that doesn't even want to do it is disheartening," Kristin Burkart, alderman for District 3, said.

All of these school boards will be decided during the general election on April 5.

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