Of nine ISD 197 School Board candidates, three incumbents and one newcomer win

Brenda Corbett
Brenda Corbett
Joanne Mansur
Joanne Mansur
Byron Schwab
Byron Schwab
Terry Stamman
Terry Stamman

Nine candidates were on the ballot Nov. 3, each vying for one of the four-at-large seats on the ISD 197 School Board.

The board will see only one new face, as three of the four winners are incumbents.

Joanne Mansur, Brenda Corbett and Byron Schwab will be returning to the board in 2016, while newcomer Terry Stamman will see his first term come January.

The incumbents garnered roughly 16 percent of the votes each, with Mansur on top. Stamman received 14.57 percent.

"I'm excited to join the team," Stamman said Wednesday after the election in a phone interview while he was going around picking up his election signs.

He said that he thinks he appealed to voters due to his basic platform. Stamman, who's been a volunteer in the schools for years, says he hopes to get more adults volunteering and showing their faces to students.

"When kids see adults around who care about them, I think they tend to do better and work harder," he said. "It's good for them to see our commitment to them."

He told the Review that he thinks people agreed with that message.

"I think that spoke to a lot of people," Stamman said. "That's probably why I got the votes I did. I'm not sure -- I'm no politician -- but I also had a lot of signs, which may have helped," he joked, adding that his right hip was hurting from bending down and picking them up after his win.

Stamman, 51, of West St. Paul, is the owner of Twin Cities Siding Professionals and has run the business for over 20 years.

He is married to Kristen Stamman and he went to North Central University where he majored in pastoral studies and earned a bachelor's degree before going on to start his business.

Returning members

Receiving 16.25 percent of the votes, Mansur, 47, of Mendota Heights, is a market research manager at Thomson Reuters-Legal Division, and has been on the ISD 197 School Board for the last four years.

Mansur has served as the vice chair of the school board for the past two years and chairs the results committee, as well as being the ISD 197 board representative to ISD 917.

Receiving 15.95 percent of the votes, Corbett, 72, of West St. Paul, is completing her first term on the ISD 197 School Board. She is married to Victor Corbett and holds a master's degree in  education from the University of Minnesota.

Before retiring in 2010, Corbett had been a classroom teacher for more than 30 years, including 20 in ISD 197 schools.

Receiving 15.56 of the votes, Schwab, 67, of West St. Paul, is a retired principal of Pilot Knob Elementary School and is currently finishing his first four-year term on the ISD 197 School Board.

Schwab has 19 years of experience teaching students, from kindergarten through grade twelve and he was also an elementary principal for 18 years, 14 of which were at Pilot Knob.

Challengers Kelly Gibbons, Steven Hoffman, Brian McDougall, Anthony Remick and Melissa Rousu received 36.81 percent of the votes, with Hoffman receiving the most votes in a losing effort with 10.53 percent.

Jesse Poole can be reached at jpoole@lillienews.com or at 651-748-7815. Follow him at twitter.com/JPooleNews.


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