Halldin, Counter, Miller win election to Rocklin school board

By: Steve Archer, Reporter
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Susan Halldin was reelected to the Rocklin Unified School District board of trustees Tuesday night and Dereck Counter and Rick Miller were elected to the board.

Three seats were up for election. Todd Lowell and Wendy Lang did not run for re-election and Halldin ran for her seat.

Halldin finished in first-place with 8,381 votes and 27.56 percent of the vote. Counter came in second with 7,200 votes (23.68 percent) and Miller came in third with 6,455 votes (21.23 percent). The three were leading since the first returns were made public Tuesday night.

Tami Seigal finished in fourth-place with 4,851 votes (15.95 percent) and Mark Klang came in fifth-place with 3,449 votes (11.34 percent).

Halldin said Thursday she was “honored to be re-elected by the community I want to serve.”

“The top priority now has to be resolving the teacher impact situation and getting a fair and equitable contract in place for the teachers,” Halldin said. “Also, changing the process going forward so we have a respectful working relationship. We need to work together more collaboratively and get early teacher input into the decisions we make, particularly around budget development. So much of what we are in conflict over is about spending.”

Seigal was disappointed when the results showed she didn’t win.

“I’m proud of the campaign I ran and I’m proud to get the votes I did,” Seigal said. “Also, if I wasn’t getting elected, I’m glad it was those three. I would’ve picked them.”

Seigal would not have done much differently in her campaign.

“I could have done more outreach but I take care of three kids and the house,” Seigal said. “If I had a magic wand, I could’ve added more hours to the day. With the resources I have, I did as much as I could.”

“I would run again. I’m going to be in Rocklin for the next 20 years or more,” Seigal added. “I will continue to work on the site council at Cobblestone Elementary School and I just passed the CBEST (California Basic Educational Skills Test) so I expect to substitute teach next year.”

Miller said Thursday he was excited and honored to be elected to the Rocklin school board.

“I think the key to the campaign was the message that collaboration matters,” Miller said. “The board has to fix the broken relationship with the teachers. This is a dire time in Rocklin. Nobody wants a strike. Our priority has to be working hard toward a settlement.”

Klang, in a telephone call late Tuesday night, conceded.

“It’s not going to go my way,” Klang said. “I would need a lot of votes and the two ahead of me would have to not get any more.”