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Runoff set for Wantagh school board seat

When affidavit ballots from Tuesday's election were counted, Peter Mountanos and Laura Reich tied for one of two open slots on the five-member board. Kera McLoughlin, the top vote-getter, won a seat.

Wantagh school board candidates Peter Mountanos and Laura Reich will face off in a runoff on June 26 after tying for second place in Tuesday's election, a district spokesman said Thursday.

The count, which included affidavit ballots, showed Mountanos and Reich each received 927 votes for the at-large seat, which carries a term of three years. The Board of Elections verified the result that included affidavit ballots on Wednesday, the district said.

Incumbent Kera McLoughlin, the top vote-getter, won the other open seat on the five-member board. Her updated total, including affidavit ballots —  paper ballots used by voters whose names are not listed at their designated polling place — was 977.

Tara Cassidy, the other candidate in the race, had 827 votes when affidavit ballots were counted.

Inclusion of affidavit ballots also changed the vote total for the district's $79.8 million budget for the 2019-20 school year. The budget passed 1,493-447, according to the district.

Mountanos, a lifelong district resident and 2012 graduate of Wantagh High School, is the board president.

Reich, a lawyer who is a 14-year Wantagh resident, has two children in district schools and two who graduated from Wantagh High and now are in college.

Brief profiles of the candidates are in Newsday's School Voters Guide.

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