Frustrated by the local school board's decision to spend $1.7 million to provide Apple laptop computers for some junior high students but not others, residents of Stillwater, Minn., voiced their opposition by unseating three board members, while selecting a newcomer from the ballot and electing two write-in candidates in the Nov. 4 elections.

It took only a month of campaigning for write-in candidates Nancy Hoffman and Christopher Kunze to harness the public's anger over the decision, which critics also said was an unnecessary expense in a time of tight budgets.


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