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Record Turnout For School Board Race With 18-Year-Old Candidate

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An 18-year-old who ran for a Wahpeton School Board seat says the school will be in good hands, even though he did not win. Three -hundred forty-two people turned out to vote as new Wahpeton graduate, David Evers, raced against Tim Weisz, a former teacher and principal from South Dakota. Weisz won with 219 of the votes, but Evers did pick up 121 votes.

The polls were busier than normal for this vote. School officials say this is the biggest turnout for a normal race they've ever had. Evers says he's happy with his accomplishments

Evers says, "I've said before, we set a record for people voting in a standard school board election. So I'm very proud with that getting people involved in what's happening."

Tim Weisz says he's pleased with today's turnout calling it a fringe benefit of the contested race. He also says he has no set agenda and hopes his experience will add to the current board.


Voters head to the polls on Tuesday to decide who will be the next member elected to the Wahpeton School Board.

The two candidates are David Evers and Tim Weisz. Evers is an 18-year-old Wahpeton graduate who says he wants to see change in the school. Weisz is a former teacher and principal and watched his children grow up in the Wahpeton school system.

The polls are open at the high school from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Valley News Live is in Wahpeton and will bring you the results of the election Tuesday night on Valley News Live 10@10.


A Wahpeton High School graduate is taking the next step after wrapping up his high school career. But it's not taking him all that far out of his hometown. In fact, it will ensure he comes home to visit at least once a month for the next three years.

David Evers, who is 18 years old, just got his diploma last week from Wahpeton High School and next week he hopes locals will vote him in as the next school board member. He will be attending UND on a scholarship, but that wasn't his only option. The over achiever was excepted to Yale, received a scholarship from Northwestern, and Sanford. But wanted to stay close to home partly because of the opportunity to serve his community.

But some wonder if it's the best role for such a young man. Current Wahpeton School Board President Brad Bakken says he worries that the young man hasn't had enough life experience for a position that takes a lot of time,"a bright young man and probably. I'd be surprised if he wasn't very committed to do this. If he were elected. But I have to think back a long time ago when I was 18 years old. I just have reservations about that."

Evers isn't gunning for the position unopposed. Tim Weisz a Wahpeton resident who has children in the school system also has per sued the role. Weisz used to be a teacher and principal in South Dakota and says his experience would help him bring some insight to the board.

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