And then there were two.
Voters in Area III of the Elmbrook School District chose their pair of favorite options with emphasis Tuesday.
Jian Sun and Leanne Wied will advance to have their names placed on the April 4 ballot as they vie for a seat on the Elmbrook School Board.
Sun led the way among the trio of candidates with 1,866 ballots — good for 46.6 percent of the total vote.
Wied was a solid second with 1,481 votes (37 percent) while Jimmy Schulgit tallied the support of 627 residents (15.7 percent).
Sun was excited to advance further in the race and not surprised by the result.
"I think it's what I expected. I should thank many, many people who really took the time to talk with me. I listen to them, I learn from them and I will continue to do that," Sun said. "I think the hard work paid off and I will continue to do the hard work. If I commit to something, I will put 200 percent into it and I will do that for our district if I win April 4."
Sun will now face off with Wied, who also thanked her supporters.
"I would like to extend great appreciation to everyone who supported me. It has been very exciting to see so much community engagement in this school board election," Wied said. "I have enjoyed meeting so many parents and community members, and I look forward to meeting more in the weeks ahead."
Schulgit, congratulated the pair on their accomplishment.
"I’d like to congratulate Jian Sun and Leanne Wied on their campaigns," Schulgit said. "They’re both very professional."
Schulgit, who also ran for city of Brookfield alderman last year but lost to Buck Jurken, said that he does not plan to run for public office again in the near future.
"I think I’ll be retiring from this for now," Schulgit said.
Area III was the only portion of the district that required the opinions of voters at Tuesday’s primary. Area I is also contested, but with only two candidates — Jon Dzurak and Allison Malnar — aiming to join the board.
Dzurak and Malnar are vying to fill the seat left vacant by Richard Brunner’s resignation last August.
Thomas Gehl currently represents Area III on the board, but chose not to run for another term.