OAK CREEK - For Mark Verhalen, it was a winning and losing night at the polls.

The two-seat incumbent lost to Rich Duchniak for the District 3 seat on the Oak Creek Common Council in the April 4 election.

However, Verhalen was elected to remain on the Oak Creek-Franklin School Board along with fellow incumbent Amy Mlot.

For the District 3 race, Verhalen received 296 votes compared to newcomer Duchniak's 359. This was Duchniak's first attempt at public office.

During a question/answer with South Now, Duchniak said he has worked to manage growth at the Oak Creek Community Center since 1999 through "implementing a solid strategic plan" and using community feedback. He said he plans to do the same as alderman, adding that he supports "responsible development that increases tax base revenue and enhances our community's quality of life."

"Properly enacted change can yield positive results," he said.

In the school district race, Mlot received a combined total 1,793 votes and Verhalen 1,924. Two challengers faced the incumbents for two seats. Juli Murphy received 1,180 combined votes and Sean Kingston received 956.

Mlot said in a previous question and answer article that her No. 1 priority prior to being elected was to improve communication. She said the main focus now is to remain focused on improvement district-wide.

Verhalen said one of the biggest challenges the district faces is to maintain the broad curriculum and specialized classes that students will need for college.

Overall, Oak Creek had a 14.86 percent turnout of voters for the election.​

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