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Beloiters make mark in local elections

April 8, 2011


Two recent Beloit College graduates made news this week with elections to the city council and Beloit School Board respectively, and a third alumna, from the class of 1993, was also elected.

A native of Beloit and a member of the college’s class of 2006, Michael Ramsdail is already well versed in civic service: he’s currently president of the school board, and this win will begin his second stint in a three-year board term.

“I am happy but at the same time there is some heaviness knowing that it is not going to get better financially for the school district any time soon,” Ramsdail told the Beloit Daily News Wednesday. He was referencing the district’s steep budget deficit, reported at $12 million.

Newly elected board member Nora Gard'93 joins Ramsdail on the school board.

Meanwhile, political science major Mark Spreitzer’09 earned a seat on the Beloit City Council. He’s a newcomer to the seat, but he cut his teeth in Beloit politics by working on campaigns while a student. The win “completely exceeded my expectations,” he told Daily News reporter Hilary Dickinson in Wednesday’s paper.