Plum School District’s packed primary race resulted in Republican committee-endorsed candidates sweeping their party nods with several Democratic newcomers on the November ballot, ensuring a contested general election for six seats.
Incumbents Steve Schlauch (14.13 %), Sue Caldwell (13.18 %) and Karin Acquaviva (11.92 %), along with fellow Republicans Jacqueline Thomas (11.37 %) and Nathan Polacek (11.06 %) were the top five vote-getters out of 12 challengers.
Democratic winners for the five party nods were newcomers Michael Caliguiri (12.07 %) and registered Republican Michael Devine (10.96 %), Adam Hill (9.89 %) Amy Wetmore (11.10 %) and Michelle Stepnick (8.58 %).
Wetmore is the Democratic Committee chairperson. Caliguiri and Hill were endorsed by the party.
Devine and Stepnick were not endorsed by either committee. Stepnick is a former board member.
“It went much better than I expected” Devine said. “I’m pretty excited, but have a lot of work to do before November and I’m looking forward to it.”
Tim Sandstrom also won the Democratic nod for a two-year seat while Joe Tommarello earned the Republican nod in that contest. Tommarello cross-filed and was unopposed on the Republican side.
Michael DiVittorio is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Michael at 412-871-2367, [email protected] or via Twitter .