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NACS board

10-year incumbent Duff falls to Somers

After 10 years on the Northwest Allen County Schools board, Donald Duff lost to Kent Somers for the District 1 seat, according to unofficial results.

Somers, 49, spent part of Tuesday night picking up campaign signs, with more to go on today, but was excited about his win.

Vote totals were incomplete at 10 p.m. Tuesday, but it appeared Somers won about 54 percent of the vote with all but four precincts left to report, to Duff’s 46 percent.

Duff was appointed to the post in 2002 to replace his wife, Donna, who died. She was a retired Carroll High School teacher and he a retired insurance executive.

Duff said Somers out “electioneered him.”

“It’s time for somebody else to take over, I guess,” he said.

Somers thanked Duff for his years of service to the school district.

“It was an important part of his life and I think the whole community would thank him,” Somers said.

Somers, an actuary, has two young children in the district and said it is important to get a parent’s perspective on the board as the district moves forward.

He said he plans to work on getting up to speed about the matters before the board.

“I am deeply honored that the voters would give me the opportunity to represent them and bring some new ideas to the (the school board),” Somers said.