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Richmond School candidate doesn't want to be elected

Bill MacCluskey is still a candidate in the Richmond School Board election, albeit one who has explicitly stated he does not want to win.

MacCluskey, 45, beat out Michelle Jackson, 40, for the fourth spot on the ballot in the April 2 election, receiving 64 votes to Jackson's 39 in Tuesday's primary.

According to Richmond District Administrator Sue Williams, that means his name will appear on the ballot in the general election, despite sending a notice to the school on Feb. 11 stating that he no longer wishes to seek office.

"I was told the only way he could get off the ballot is if he died, God forbid," Williams said.

Four candidates are competing for two board seats being vacated by longtime board President Ken Skarie and Clerk Lisa Boyer.

MacCluskey told school officials in an email earlier this month that he wanted to withdraw from the race so he could spend more time caring for his mother.

The Lake Country Reporter revealed on Feb. 10 that MacCluskey had tax problems dating back to 2002, paying approximately $72,000 in back taxes and penalties in three different cases of tax delinquency.

MacCluskey said via email after the primary election that he would not accept the board seat if he were elected in the general election.

According to state statutes, if MacCluskey won in the general election, he could decline the position, in which case the board's current members would appoint somebody to the position.

That new member would then have to be re-elected at the next spring election to keep the seat.

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