Seven candidates battled for three seats on the District 200 School Board in Tuesday’s election. Rosemary Swanson, Jim Gambaiani, and Jim Vroman were the winners.
Swanson was the only incumbent to make the cut, claiming the first seat with 4,581 votes. "I am honored with this opportunity to serve another four years and wish to thank the voters and my supporters,” she said.
The other incumbent on the ballot, John Bomher, just barely lost the third seat to Gambaiani, with a difference of 47 votes. “It is somewhat bittersweet because I will miss working with John Bomher, who always brought wisdom to the Board table,” Swanson said of the defeated candidate.
Sawnson also said that she is “confident that Jim Vroman and Jim Gambaiani will help continue the tradition of excellence that defines District 200."
Vroman, a new-comer, was cautious about the outcome until the very end of the evening. His supporters packed the back room of Muldoon’s in Downtown Wheaton, writing vote tallies on a dry-erase board as they came in. Vroman won the second seat with 4,041 votes.
"This is the first time I've run for a board," Vroman said. "This has been educational and a really great experience. I've learned so much about the school district and about the education of our kids," he said. "I am so thankful and humbled by the support I've gotten."
Gambaiani secured the third seat with 3,832 votes. “I want to congratulate Rosemary Swanson and Jim Vroman... and I am looking forward to working with them and the other board members,” Gambaiani said. “I’d like to thank all of District 200 for their support and for getting me elected and I look forward to working in their best interest as a board member.”