Prayer lifted candidate to fourth-place finish
Young Earth creationist public school board candidates David Weigand and Randy Marquardt challenged incumbents Kathy Van Eerden and Lynn Corazzi in the West Bend School District yesterday, forcing a virtual four-way split in a primary election.
The creationists each garnered 21% of the votes, while the incumbents drew 22% apiece. Of the 6,389 votes cast (19% of registered voters), Van Eerden and Corazzi won 1,386 and 1,379 respectively, while Marquardt and Weigand took 1,339 and 1,326.
The remaining votes were distributed among four other candidates — two of whom had previously withdrawn from the race — and a handful of write-ins. Yesterday's poll eliminates them from the running.
The primary election result means the four will compete for two seats on the school board on April 6. The creationists' strongest showing was in the suburban towns of Trenton, Polk, Jackson, and Addison, where the creationists shared equally in all eight of the ballots cast.
But the creationists managed to prevail in only two of the City of West Bend's eight precincts. Last month, the creationists said they favored teaching "Intelligent Design and [sic] Creationism" in West Bend schools "as an alternative to, or in addition to" evolution.
Claimed a top West Bend conservative flogger, "nobody but leftist reactionaries" were concerned about a public school board candidate's evidently serious assertion that, among other things, "the idea of 'millions of years' does not belong in the science classroom."
Reports of the candidate's placing an uppermost limit of 999,999 in school district multiplication tables were unconfirmed at press time.