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SUSSEX - The race for the at-large seat on the Hamilton School Board has gotten more complicated; candidate Joseph Mirasola has withdrawn from the race, but his name will still appear on the ballot on Tuesday, April 4, per state statute.

"In theory, if Mirasola got more votes, he would win," said Denise Dorn Lindberg, public information and volunteer program coordinator for the district. "Given that he has withdrawn, he would have to resign the seat, and that would have to be appointed by the board."

According to Wisconsin Statute 8.35, "Once a candidate qualifies for ballot status, his/her name appears on the ballot. The candidate cannot withdraw and have his/her name removed. Only in case of death of the candidate can the name be removed from the ballot."

In a written statement to Northwest Now, Mirasola indicated he would not be running due to family and other personal commitments.

"After much consideration, I have decided that I will not be actively campaigning for the open position on the Hamilton School Board, at-large seat," Mirasola said. "Family priorities and other commitments would limit my availability to dedicate the necessary time that this valuable position warrants."

Incumbent Michael Hyland, 64, has been on the Hamilton School Board for 26 years. A resident of Butler and graduate of the Hamilton School District, Hyland said his priority on the board is, and will continue to be, the success of students after graduation.

"My job as a veteran board member is to keep the Hamilton School District a strong school system that educates all students," Hyland said. "We have made tremendous strides preparing kids for college. Being a Hamilton grad and parent, it has been a priority for me that kids who do not go to college can be ready for the workforce and being successful."

Hyland said since he has not met Mirasola, he would not comment on his decision.

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