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New Faces to Join Unit 5, District 87 School Boards

Sol and Taunia pose at WGLT studios
Ryan Denham
Sol Roberts-Lieb, left, and Taunia Leffler.

Some new faces will be joining the Unit 5 and District 87 school boards after Tuesday’s election.

In Normal-based Unit 5, longtime district volunteer and parent Taunia Leffler defeated newcomer Sol Roberts-Lieb in its only contested school board race.

“I want to thank everyone who supported me and helped with my campaign,” Leffler, a State Farm employee, posted on her Facebook page. “I'm so excited to represent Unit 5. It was a pleasure running this race for the benefit of our kids and community.”

Roberts-Lieb, who works at the University of Illinois, conceded in a Facebook post.

“While I did not win, I am so blessed by the support you have shown,” he said. “By your vote, you showed your voice. You want a district that provides opportunities for all of our students in an open, transparent, and responsible way. ... I wish my opponent Taunia, the best of luck on the board. The board had many challenges ahead of itself.”

Unit 5 incumbents Joseph Cleary and Meta Mickens-Baker ran unopposed. Newcomer David Fortner was also unopposed.

In District 87, the top four vote-getters were incumbents Mary Yount and Brigette Beasley, as well as newcomers Elizabeth M. Fox Anvick and Chuck Irwin.

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Ryan Denham is the digital content director for WGLT.
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