Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad: Minnesota Parents Alliance Wins Big in Two of Three Targeted Districts
Parent-backed candidates win in Anoka-Hennepin and Hastings
The Minnesota Parents Alliance won seats in two of the three school districts that were targeted with significant resources such as direct mail, digital advertising and door knocking. Parent-backed candidates won in Anoka-Hennepin, the state’s largest school district and Hastings, where they now have a 5-2 majority. Parent-backed candidates lost in Mounds View, the third district that received significant backing from MPA.
MPA also celebrated victories in South Washington County, Minnetonka, Spring Lake Park, Hopkins, and Wayzata. The wins in 2023 build on the successes of 2022 when fifty candidates running with the official MPA endorsement won election to the school board and MPA won seats in 15 of 19 targeted districts.
“I’m proud of the candidates who stepped forward to represent parents and give voters a choice to refocus our schools on achievement, accountability, safety and parent involvement,” said Cristine Trooien, Executive Director of the Minnesota Parents Alliance. “MPA built on the success of 2022 and won important seats in the districts we targeted with significant resources. Our message is connecting with voters and our strategy is working. We intend to recruit strong candidates and raise more money in 2024 to be competitive against the deep pockets and powerful political influence of the teacher’s union in more districts throughout the state. For a small organization in our second year, these wins represent tremendous success and give us a lot of confidence to continue our mission.”
Thousands of Minnesota voters visited the MPA website to view the voter guide before going to the polls. In fact, the website crashed briefly the morning of Election Day due to the high volume of traffic.
The Minnesota Parents Alliance was launched in 2022 with the goal of educating and empowering parents to engage in their local school communities as strong advocates for academic achievement, equality and parental rights.
A complete list of MPA endorsed candidates can be found on the voter guide at www.minnesotaparents.org. Candidates who won election are noted with a “Newly Elected” badge on their photos.
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