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Judge dismisses case challenging Pleasant Valley School Board election results

Joe Gratz

A Scott County judge has dismissed a lawsuit that could have changed the results of a local school board race.

Results from Pleasant Valley's sixth school district election in November showed Jameson Smith defeated Tracey Rivera, a write-in candidate, by six votes. So she asked for a recount, which ended in a tie.

During a re-canvass of votes, the Scott County Board of Supervisors voted 3 to 2 to reject the recount results.

In December, Rivera filed a petition asking a Scott County court to order the board to approve the recount findings. Then, the tie would've been broken by a drawing.

On Wednesday, Judge Mark Fowler granted a motion to dismiss the case.

Rachel graduated from Michigan State University's J-School and has a background in broadcast and environmental journalism. Before WVIK, she worked for WKAR Public Media, Great Lakes Now, and more. In her free time, she likes to cook, hike, and hang out with her cat.

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