Hinman, Seeley, Nicolai leading school board of trustees races in Nevada County | TheUnion.com

Hinman, Seeley, Nicolai leading school board of trustees races in Nevada County

James Hinman and incumbent Patricia "Pat" Seeley are leading their respective races for the Nevada Joint Union High School District's board of trustees.

Heino Nicolai led his race for the Nevada County Board of Education Tuesday as well.

As of Tuesday's last ballot count, Hinman, a retired teacher and administrator, led the race to represent Area 1 with 51.7 percent of the vote while incumbent Linda Campbell tallied 48.3 percent.

Campbell has served on the board since being elected in 2014.

District superintendent Brett McFadden said the results weren't official as of press time Wednesday evening, but felt Hinman would win.

"It's still close but it appears as though Jim has won," McFadden said. "It looks like the election results are pretty cinched up and, though it's not official yet, Mr. Hinman will carry forth and be seated in December."

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Hinman said he spent his election night resting, a far cry from the 2014 elections which found him tracking results of his previous school board run from his Hawaiian vacation.

"Thanks to everybody, especially my old students, who came out in numbers and made me proud of them for voting," Hinman said. "From this point on, let's just watch the schools get better and better. I am looking forward to some positive time at Nevada Union."

Linda Campbell didn't return a call for comment.

Meanwhile, Seeley seemed on her way to representing Area 5 for a second term after earning about 55 percent of the vote so far over challenger Sonia Delgadillo's approximately 45 percent.

Seeley was originally appointed to the position in January 2017.

"Assuming there is no drastic change in the final count, there is some disappointment in not having been elected," Delgadillo said. "But I have enjoyed talking to people about their concerns and ideas about our schools over the past three months. I am particularly grateful for the tremendous support and confidence from parents, teachers and students throughout the area."

During her campaign, Seeley said she would work as a trustee to make sure the allotted funds from voter-approved Measure B, which passed in 2016, would stay on track and within the district's budget.

She also acknowledged the district's relationship with local law enforcement and emergency responders who have aided the schools in training teachers and students in run, hide, fight protocol and other emergency situations.

"This is one of my top three priorities as a board member, to promote school safety in our district and I believe we are implementing programs to help improve our readiness should an incident happen," she said during her campaign. "We have lots of work yet to be done, and under the experienced guidance of our new superintendent, Brett McFadden, the bond oversight committee, site administrators and the board of trustees we are improving all our school sites to serve Nevada County students in a very positive and exciting future."

Seeley could not be reached for comment by press time.

Nicolai is leading board veteran John "Jack" Meeks with about 52 percent of the vote to Meeks' nearly 48 percent. Nicolai has lived in Nevada County since 1990, and served on Clear Creek School District's board for 17 years. Nicolai has lived in Nevada County since 1990, and served on Clear Creek School District's board for 17 years.

Jennifer Nobles is a staff writer for The Union. She can be reached at jnobles@theunion.com or 530-477-4231.

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