September 30, 2023


2023 election results for Genoa District 424 school board, Genoa City Council

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Editor’s Note: April 4 Election results will start being published after polls close Tuesday. Unofficial results can be found via live updates Tuesday night at shawlocal/daily-chronicle/election and also at

GENOA – Genoa residents had the opportunity to choose who next will represent them on the Genoa City Council and Genoa School District 424 Tuesday.

Results began to be published after polls closed at 7 p.m. However, voters should remember that results aren’t certified for two weeks and write-in results won’t be known Tuesday.

The first batch of election results Tuesday night – what was immediately available at 7 p.m. – were comprised of entirely mail-in and early voting ballots. Ballots filled out at polling places on Tuesday began to be added to the results around 8:30 on Tuesday night.

Four candidates are running for four seats on the Genoa City Council in Tuesday’s election. Because each candidate is running in a separate district, Pamela Wesner for Ward 1, Walter Stage for Ward 2, Kendra Braheny for Ward 3 and Gary Roca for Ward 4 are all expected to win their races.

The race for a Genoa School Board seat, however, remains competitive. Three seats are up for grabs in a five-candidate field. Max (Jake) Wesner and David Cleveland will look to unseat incumbents Julie Ratliff, Mary Hintzsche and Melyssa Gustafson in the election. As there are no districts associated with the race, the top three vote-getters will take the school board seats.

Ahead of Tuesday’s election, all five candidates participated in a questionnaire by the Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce.

With 65 out of 65 precincts reporting as of 10:30 p.m., the top vote-getters so far were Ratliff with 575, Hintzsche with 476 and Gustafson with 377. Wesner garnered 369 votes, and Cleveland received 331 votes.

Separately, incumbent Mark Bradac is running to fill an unexpired two-year term.

This story was updated at 12:05 a.m. April 5 with updated vote tally numbers reported by the DeKalb County Clerk and Recorders Office.

Camden Lazenby

Camden Lazenby

Camden Lazenby covers DeKalb County news for the Daily Chronicle.