Jesse Arnelle Withdraws From Board of Trustees Race

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The 32-member Board of Trustees candidate field lost one prominent member today. Jesse Arnelle, who has served as a trustee for 45 years, has “WITHDREW” next to his name on the Board’s election website.

The news was first reported by Lori Shontz of the Penn Stater Magazine, who explained it this way:

“Arnelle‚Äôs name still appears on the ballot to keep the ballot numbers of the other candidates consistent, the board office staff said. But voters will be unable to vote for him. When the the electronic ballots are issued April 10, there will be no box to check next to his name.”

Along with Joel Myers, Arnelle was one of two alumni trustees running for reelection. The third incumbent, Marianne Alexander, decided not to run from the beginning. The current election climate is quite unfavorable to incumbent trustees and Arnelle probably saw the writing on the wall.

You can check out more about Arnelle here in our in-depth profile.

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Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014, and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is a director of the Nittany Valley Society 501(c)(3) and is involved in student government.

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