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Two new board members elected for healthcare district

Seneca Healthcare District board member-elect Jerri L. Nielsen said she is excited and looking forward to bringing new ideas and perspective to the table with the goal of helping the district addresses new challenges and changes in the future of Seneca Hospital. Photo by Gregg Scott
Seneca Healthcare District board member-elect Jerri L. Nielsen said she is excited and looking forward to bringing new ideas and perspective to the table with the goal of helping the district addresses new challenges and changes in the future of Seneca Hospital. Photo by Gregg Scott

At least 3,131 residents in the Seneca Healthcare District knew there were two seats available on the board of directors.

That’s the total number of votes cast for the slate of five individuals seeking the two seats along with five votes for write-in candidates.

As a result there will be two brand new board members with Jerri Nielsen and Kenneth Crandall successfully garnering the most votes.

Results

Vote totals as of Monday, Nov. 14, were:

Total votes cast: 3,131

Jerri L. Nielsen received 978 votes for 31.24 percent

Kenneth Crandall received 839 votes for 26.8 percent

Bill Howe received 691 votes for 22.07 percent

Roberta Carlson received 379 votes for 12.10 percent

Ronald Longacre received 238 votes for 7.6 percent

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Board member-elect Kenneth Crandall commented that his motivation for seeking the board seat was his belief that a successful healthcare district is imperative to the health of the community. He would like to see improved work environment for providers to help retain doctors and better communication and coordination with the county behavioral health department. Photo by Gregg Scott

Write-in votes: 6 for 0.19 percent

The total votes cast in the district was down slightly from the 2014 election with a total of 3,145 and from 2012, which had 3,269 votes cast.

The term for the two contested seats officially ends Dec. 2, 2016.

The new board members will take the oath of office during the regularly scheduled SHD board meeting Dec. 22.

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