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Godfrey-Lee Board of Education Trustee Elected in Tie-Breaker

It all came down to a random draw to determine who would win the tie to serve a six-year term on the Godfrey Lee Board of Education.

The winner: Robert Baker Jr., who will serve his second term. He drew a slip from a box held by Kent County Clerk Mary Hollinrake that said “Elected.” Challenger Josephine Coleman pulled the “Not Elected” slip.

Baker, whose daughter attends Lee High School, is a service technician for Pepsi Co.

The Wyoming Board of Canvassers certified the tie vote from the Nov. 4 election, for which Baker and Josephine Coleman each received 296 votes.

Also elected from among six candidates were newcomer David Blok and incumbent Tammy Shafer.

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Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese is associate managing editor and reporter, covering Byron Center, Kentwood, Wyoming and Grand Rapids Community College. She was one of the original SNN staff writers, helping launch the site in 2013 and enjoys fulfilling the mission of sharing the stories of public education. She has worked as a journalist in the Grand Rapids area since 2000. A graduate of Central Michigan University, she has written for The Grand Rapids Press, Advance Newspapers, On-the-Town Magazine and Group Tour Media. Read Erin's full bio

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