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Cook, Spilman file for School Board

August 11, 2012
The Journal

NEW ULM - Chris Cook of New Ulm and Jerod Spilman of Courtland filed for a seat on the District 88 School Board on Friday.

They are running for one of four seats on the board.

Cook, 41, is Vice-President of Agronomy for the U.S. at ag giant Syngenta. He has three children in District 88 schools.

In a brief interview, when asked why he is running, Cook said he recognizes the good things in the district and would also like the opportunity to have input into trying to improve it, to "make it even better," not just on account of his own children but also the broader community.

Spilman, who filed later in the day, did not immediately return a Journal call, so more information on him is forthcoming,

Matt Ringhofer of New Ulm and Sharon Gieseke of rural New Ulm have also filed for the District 88 election.

Four seats will be up for election in November, and three of the incumbents, Carol Ackerson, Susan Nierengarten and Patty Gramentz, have decided not to run for re-election. The other incumbent, Patricia Hoffman, has not indicated whether she plans to file.

Filing for the school board election continues through Tuesday, Aug. 14.



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