Trollop, Webster, Lo Elected to School Board

Trollop, Webster, Lo Elected to School Board
Posted on 04/15/2020

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Trollop, Webster, Lo secure seats on Wausau School Board

Laura Schulte
Wausau Daily Herald
USA TODAY NETWORK - WISCONSIN

WAUSAU - The Wausau School Board will have one new member this spring, based on results reported Monday.

Incumbent Lance Trollop, incumbent Lee Webster and newcomer Ka Lo were elected to the board, according to vote totals published by Marathon County.

Trollop received 29% of the vote, Webster received 25% and Lo received 22.8%. Challenger Cody Nikolai received 22.6% of the vote, coming in not far behind the winners.

The results come nearly a week after election day, which saw voters

turn out at the polls despite fears of the coronavirus. Gov. Tony Evers issued an executive order April 6 that would have moved the spring election to June

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9 in an effort to prevent more illness and deaths from COVID-19. Hours later, the conservative majority of the state Supreme Court put the election back on track.

Then a U.S. Supreme Court ruling determined at the last minute that absentee ballots had to be postmarked by April 7 to be counted, but many voters never received their ballots and had to choose between heading to the polls or forgoing their vote.

In a separate ruling, a federal judge prohibited local election officials from reporting results before 4 p.m. on April 13, making it one of the strangest elections in state history.

Though the election results were posted Monday night, they won't be official until the local board of canvassers verifies them at meetings later in the week.

The four candidates for the board consisted of two incumbents and two newcomers seeking a first term on the board.

Trollop, 44, has been a member of the board for nine years, including four years as president. He grew up in Wausau, attended the schools he now represents and is an attorney.

Lo, 38, serves on the Marathon County Board and is running for reelection to the county board in addition to seeking her first term on the school board. She works as a consumer resource specialist and also attended Wausau public schools.

Webster has served one term on the board and was reelected to another. He founded and directs the Center for Human Development, a state-certified outpatient mental health center.

Nikolai, 46, is an orthopedic surgeon and associate clinical professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

The new board members will take office April 26.

Laura Schulte can be reached at leschulte@ gannett.com and twitter.com/SchulteLaura.