Norfolk's Patti Gubbels won the race for the State Board of Education District 3. Her opposition, Mike Goos, served three terms – or 12 years – on the Columbus Public School Board of Education before resigning earlier this year following his wife’s death.
Gubbels won 66.16% (53,699 votes) of the vote, while Goos came away with 33.81% (27,431 votes). Goos, of Columbus, actually won in Platte County specifically. He took 55.56% (6,658 votes) to Gubbels' 44.44% (5, 325) votes.)
Goos was not immediately for comment.
In January, Gubbels will replace Rachel Wise, who has served two terms, on the State Board.
Gubbels is the vice president of the Norfolk Public School Board of Education, where she is finishing out her sixth year of service.
“I’m just really grateful and really humbled by the tremendous support that I’ve received from the voters in District 3, which is northeast and part of eastern Nebraska. I’m really excited that I’ll be able to represent District 3 on the Nebraska State School Board,” Gubbels said.
Molly Hunter is a reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach her via email at email@example.com.