VoterGuide

Minnesota Parents Alliance identifies and endorses school board candidates across the state who are aligned with our mission of prioritizing academic achievement, equality and parental rights in their school district. The candidates listed below responded positively to our questionnaire and are ready to stand up for students and parents and deserve your support.

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Melissa Gorman

Farmington Area School District 192
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Melissa Gorman

I am running because I am passionate about our student's education. I believe we need to focus on getting back to teaching the core fundamentals and keep personal politics out of the classroom. This will help in raising our standard academic achievement scores from the current below average percentage. I advocate for parents to be involved in their child's learning plan and curriculum while allowing the teachers flexibility in creating a safe and fun learning environment. I would like the opportunity to keep our administration responsible for upholding the policies set in place to keep our children safe when it comes to bullying and assault. Finally, we need to make sure we are a fiscally responsible district.
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Matt Oven

Independent School District 318
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Matt Oven

Running for school board has always been in the back of my mind since the day our oldest started school. Just in the last two years however, the thought turned into more of a passion due to the rise of parents not being heard when it comes to what we want for our children. I want to be the voice for parents for the lone fact that we deserve to be in control of how, what, and when our children learn certain matters other than what should be taught within the school walls. I also understand that this doesn't start in our district, it starts with the State of Minnesota. I do believe that as a district if we stand together and fight for one cause which is OUR CHILDREN, this will help the State hear our voices louder and stronger than ever!
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Michael Thom

New Ulm School District 88
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Michael Thom

The children of our community are the foundation of our future. Every member of our community has a vested interest in seeing that they become productive adults who love their country and are able to do their best for the good of society. I believe that I can be a voice for a segment of parents in our school district who are currently not represented on our school board.
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Chad Almjeld

Waconia School District 110
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Chad Almjeld

I am running because ISD 110's finances (our tax dollars) have been mismanaged and the district lacks checks and balances, woke nonsense is trickling into our schools, and I am 100% against mask mandates unless people are dropping dead in the streets. I am standing up, stepping in, and lending a leadership hand because I think I can help.
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Anthony Bonsante

Brainerd School District 181
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Anthony Bonsante

I want to build a student environment that is safe, educational, secure and fun. I want academics first.
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Corinne Hennen

Jordan School District 717
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Corinne Hennen

My kids are in school now and I want to play an active role in their education and ensure all kids in our community have equal opportunities in learning.
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Melanie Hagen

Waconia School District 110
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Melanie Hagen

We (Tyler Chad and Melanie) are running for the Waconia School Board because we want to be a voice for parents in the community! We value transparency and academic excellence. Together 110 wants to promote Equal resources and opportunities for all students. We want to support teachers and give them the resources they need to succeed and do their jobs exceptionally well. The school districts finances are ultimately the public's finances and we take that responsibility very seriously. We care about positive curriculum and want to eliminate any outside political or religious indoctrination.
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Incumbent

Tanya Simons

Osseo Area School District 279
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Tanya Simons

I am running for re-election because my primary goal is to improve academic outcomes for all scholars in ISD279. As a first-generation American, I understand the opportunity for success that a strong school district provides for every child. We can and must create safe and innovative environments for all scholars and teachers to thrive including high standards of academic rigor and conduct. I believe in increasing the voice of parents and teachers in identifying concerns and creating and implementing solutions. Every scholar in ISD279 and in Minnesota deserves the right to an education that prepares them for their future.
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Justin Hoover

Bemidji Area School District 31
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Justin Hoover

My vision is to help bring transparency in all of our communication with the community, to help create safe schools, build a supportive environment for teachers and staff, support parents in having the authority to make health decisions for their children, and create learning environments which are free from any political agenda in order provide the greatest academic excellence possible to our students.
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Dave Wall

Bemidji Area School District 31
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Dave Wall

My motivation for running for school board comes from a growing concern I have with the direction our country is headed on many different levels. The grassroots level of that direction is with the education of children. I see that public education is being undermined and turning from objective learning that develops good critical thinking skills, to a one-sided indoctrination that is based on feelings, fear, and subversion of solid American values.
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Garrett Luthens

Hutchinson Public School District 423
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Garrett Luthens

I decided to run for school board because I realized how important it was, now that I have children in the school system, to grow with them through their educational experience. I believe it's important to show my kids that it takes a difference to make a difference and the only way to do that is to have the courage to be that difference. The focus should on primary education for the children. Let social issues be discussed at home. Public education is intended to provide a basic level of education and prepare children to be productive and informed citizens of their society. From those points, children grow, learn and develop their own critical thinking skills for themselves.
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Casey Root

Monticello School District 882
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Casey Root

I am running for the Monticello School Board because I believe there needs to be a multi-faceted approach to achieve a strong education to ensure success for both the students and the community. This extends from the clarity and direction of the curriculum, to how our tax dollars are spent. Too often the voice of the parents is left out in regards to their children's education, and the community is only made aware of budgetary shortcomings after the money is spent, leading to referendums with little or no structure other than vague threats of the school in peril.
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Mark Branson

Monticello School District 882
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Mark Branson

Monticello has been home for our family for nearly twenty years with the public schools being a large part of the reason we live here. All five of our children have enjoyed their years in the classroom with excellent teachers and administrators. I want to do my part to keep Monticello schools great. I believe academic excellence and safety for both students and staff should be top priorities. Parents should have a role in their child's education. Accountability for the use of financial resources needs to be clearly disclosed to the public. I will use my influence to make sure these points are front and center. I will be a voice for the parents.
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Cassie Fredregill

Little Falls Community School District 482
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Cassie Fredregill

I'm a proud mother of four, wife of an active guard member, former business owner of my own company. I've gone through many life coaching courses, resilience training and I'm not afraid to say no and stand up for what is right. I'm the best candidate for this position because I'm not afraid to speak up, I listen to others in the community and fight for those all here in Little Falls at our local level, I'm passionate and I believe here in Little Falls I can make the change we need and give our children back their future! Ending CRT, ending the indoctrination not only with students but also on the teachers, this isn't only about the kids it's about all of us as a community. I know what it means to sacrifice and I'm willing to go to battle for what is right, giving hope in confidence back in the education system for our next generation and making schools where teachers love to go also.
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Dan Johnson

Sauk Rapids-Rice School District 47
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Dan Johnson

Strong communities build strong schools. Public schools should be apolitical. It should focus on teaching children how to, not what to think. Parents entrust school board members to operate districts that do not overstep their responsibility to educate their children. Board members must never forget they serve at the will of the community.
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Daniel Schilling

Little Falls Community School District 482
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Daniel Schilling

I am a RET 20 yr veteran of the MNARNG, husband, and a father to an 11 yr old daughter. I swore an oath to protect our country against all enemies, both foreign and domestic when I joined the MNARNG. My oath does not have an expiration date. Our children are our future and as such, I will continue to serve my oath, and fight for them to receive the highest quality of education they deserve, free from political or idealogical biases. Support for me for District 482 School Board, is a vote for our children's future.
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Tom Knisely

Centennial School District 12
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Tom Knisely

The most important issue facing our schools is to make up for the learning loss our children have experienced since being locked out of our schools. Nationwide, math and reading scores have declined sharply. Despite valiant efforts by our teachers, in a very difficult situation, we've seen similar declines in Centennial. We need to get all our students back on track and caught up to where they should be. To do this we need to put our focus on academics and not activism. Let's keep politics out of the classroom and focus on learning.
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Marie Richey

Bemidji Area School District 31
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Marie Richey

I'm a happily married homeschool mom of 3 with my Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. In 2020 I was thrust into the fight for parents' rights in schools on behalf of my little brothers who attend public school in my area. I spoke at my local school board meeting and was shocked at the disrespect and lack of response from the board to the parents they purport to represent. Our public schools need to respect parents, we have to get back to basics and teach our children the subjects that matter.
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Incumbent

Melissa Curtis

Monticello School District 882
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Melissa Curtis

I am running for re-election on the Monticello School Board to continue to be a part of the decision making process for our schools. I value our students' academic education, the staff that work in our buildings, and our community's tax dollars. As a current board member, I have one child that graduated last year from Monticello, one in High School and one in Middle School. I want every child to succeed and I will serve on the board as a compassionate, ethical and accountable school board member.
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Jan Guse

Owatonna Public School District 761
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Jan Guse

I want all students to succeed. I want parents to know they have an advocate for their children, I look forward to having honest and engaging conversations. I am willing to ask the hard questions, and dedicated to being part of the solution when difficult decisions need to be made. Moving forward from the pandemic, I want our children to feel safe, confident and prepared. I want to ensure there is mutual respect in our classrooms, resulting in academic excellence for all. I want to encourage effective communication which will result in building trust, providing clarity and resolving conflict.
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Elizabeth Hedlund

Owatonna Public School District 761
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Elizabeth Hedlund

I am running for the school board because I have questions and concerns about what is happening in our schools, including curriculum topics and social media exposures, ideologies unrelated to basic education, poor behaviors and disrespectful attitudes. There are many concerned parents in the community, and I hope to be a voice for them too.
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Becky DeWilde

Farmington Area School District 192
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Becky DeWilde

As a mom to four kids (4-18), I will bring an experienced parental perspective to the Farmington School Board. I would implement policies that focus on the basic foundational skills of education beginning with the 3 R's: reading, writing and arithmetic. We must return an objective, rigorous standard of learner expectations. I would advocate for integrity within the schools. Student curriculum, assignments, books, surveys and programs must be made available. Parents must be allowed engagement and a voice. I would approve a fiscally responsible budget where funds are directed to primary instruction and curriculum.
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Annette West

Saint Francis Area School District 15
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Annette West

I am running to ensure our students will graduate with a confidence that they can thrive independently without external interventions. They will be equipped academically to be leaders in their communities. Every student has a strength and a purpose that will be tapped into and fostered for success. Parents play a key role in their students success and need to be involved every step along the way.
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Mike Herman

Owatonna Public School District 761
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Mike Herman

The past couple of years have been extremely challenging for the students, families as well as the teachers and administrator's of our schools. I feel that these challenges have greatly contributed to decisions made by our school districts that have had a dividing and negative effect on our education system as well as the families and communities for which they serve. Politics and ideologies have become more of a priority than the academic, physical and emotional growth of our students. Our schools need to focus on the core pillars of education and leave the politics and ideologies outside our schools. We need to provide a safe and desirable environment that students want to be a part of and are provided the education that will allow them to succeed after High School.
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Craig Johnson

Centennial School District 12
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Craig Johnson

I believe in educational success for every child. Children must "learn to read" in the first few years of school and then use that knowledge‚ "reading to learn‚" all the way up to graduation. Distractions inside/outside of the classroom can have a major impact on their learning path. I want to focus on improving proficiency in the classroom. When under 50% of the students in our state are reading at their grade-level proficiency, I cannot sit back and watch it continue to spiral downward. I believe in public education and I will do everything I can to improve Centennial Schools.
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Incumbent

Scott Schwarz

Saint Francis Area School District 15
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Scott Schwarz

I have been an elected school board member for the past 4 years and am running for reelection in ISD15. We pushed the limit on no masks in our district and believe masks are making learning difficult for our students. I support a no vaccine mandate, equality-you can't determine outcomes of students, we are all equal. I believe parents are to be involved in their children's education, what is taught and actions of the school district, the schools should concentrate on reading, writing, and math. Thank you.
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Nick Stepka

Shakopee School District 720
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Nick Stepka

I am running to drastically increase public transparency into school finances. I also believe that our test scores are on the wrong track and would like to improve them. There was also no reason for masking to go on as long as it did. I would uphold my constitutional oath and not vote for another mandate.
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Daniel Call

New Prague Area School District 721
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Daniel Call

I am running to increase transparency, improve accountability and to protect kids from destructive ideologies in the schools.
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David Barr

Farmington Area School District 192
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David Barr

I am running for Farmington School Board because we need representatives that can ensure our school district remains focused on what is truly important - especially as our students catch up from two years of learning loss and our schools face significant financial challenges. As a member of the board, I will be committed to serving the best interests of our students and demonstrating to stakeholders that their concerns really matter.
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DJ Dondelinger

Brainerd School District 181
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DJ Dondelinger

As a proud life-long Brainerd resident and active community member, I care deeply about the future of our district. The dips in progress, values, and standards in education across Minnesota are alarming. It is time to get off the side-lines and back to the basics. I will defend and promote parental rights, support our great teachers, and stand for choice. We owe it to our students to provide them with the education they deserve by teaching them how to think, not what to think. By effectively working together, we can elevate the success, opportunities, and outcomes for our great district.
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Troy Berning

Becker School District 726
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Troy Berning

As a twenty-year resident of ISD726 I want what is best for our students and community. Recently, I've noticed some concerning trends in our schools and have been approached by fellow community members who have the same concerns. Many aspects of our schools remain great, but some seem to be focusing more on politics and activism rather than providing a well-rounded education to our students. I believe that by listening to the broader community and not just special interest groups, and by working closely with my fellow board members, teachers, and administrators that we can make the necessary course corrections.
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Jo-ell "Jo" Flitter

New Ulm School District 88
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Jo-ell "Jo" Flitter

I am running for the NU School Board as a small business owner, tax accountant and a parent who has a child currently enrolled in the NU school system. I believe a common-sense voice and approach is needed to prioritize the basic skills our children need. Politics and other distracting agendas need to be removed from our classrooms so teachers are able to teach and our children are able to learn. I am proud to be an Eagle Parent and believe our children need to be taught how to work hard, have fun, succeed and be proud of all their accomplishments.
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Trevor Mulholland

Brainerd Public School District 181
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Trevor Mulholland

It is time for change in our schools. Our children and parents along with our teachers need to be the #1 priority in ISD 181. Our community needs to feel like they are being heard and that their opinions matter. I will work with my fellow board members to make the right changes to ensure a great educational experience for ALL STUDENTS! Our Children, Our Community, Our Future
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Randy "RJ" Heidmann

Brainerd Public School District 181
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Randy "RJ" Heidmann

To create an environment so that every student is on a path to graduate and be educationally equipped to lead a productive and successful life. This starts with teaching the core subjects of math, reading, writing, proper history, computer skills, trade skills, and critical thinking skills. Let parents decide how they want to handle the social engineering discussion with their children, not administrators and teachers. As a board member I want to preserve and improve the quality of ISD 181-Brainerd. This can be accomplished by working collaboratively with other board members, the superintendent, school district staff, and involved parents.
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Pete Weismann

Becker School District 726
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Pete Weismann

I am running for school board because our district needs a reset. It needs to remember we are there to provide a fair, unbiased, and uniform atmosphere for all. This includes students, teachers, staff, and administrators. We need a district where all kids can be given the opportunity to feel safe, learn, and enjoy their educational experience free of favoritism. A district where every teacher follows the same code of ethics, and keeps their personal preferences and bias out of their lesson plans. Finally, we need a district that continues to empower its parents. Parents should be the sole decider on what is best for their kids. They deserve to know what is going on with their kids in our classrooms, hallways, and buildings.
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Paul Kinney

Jordan School District 717
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Paul Kinney

I have 3 little ones in the school system which motivated me to be a voice for them for years to come to help keep their schools safe, give them as much solid education as possible for success as an adult, and to be an advocate for those whose voices haven't been heard in school board meetings and have been cut off when trying to be a voice that would enrich and improve the entire child, teacher, parent growth in love not hate.
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Jessica Johnson

Stillwater Area Public School District 834
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Jessica Johnson

After attending and watching school board meetings, I found myself asking why there is little talk about academic goals and results. My neighbors agreed. I felt compelled to offer my voice to speak on behalf of those who cannot or will not. So I stepped up to lead the conversation. By focusing on academics, beginning with reading proficiently, our teachers and students will gain the confidence necessary to tackle math, science, and the study of history from all perspectives. I'm ready to lead by example, set goals and be accountable to them. The academic success of children is the future.
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Amber Garrett

Cannon Falls Area School District 252
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Amber Garrett

I believe that schools owe the parents complete transparency in every aspect of their children's education. I believe that every child, regardless of mental health, disability, or any other barrier, deserves the highest level of academic achievement they are capable of and that it is the duty of the school to work with the parents to accomplish this. Finally, I believe that parents are the number one educator of their children and that the school is secondary. The school should not set the pace or singularly determine the goals or material used in education, but come alongside parents to assist their children achieve their fullest potential.
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Abram Daigle

Independent School District 318
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Abram Daigle

We need to restore the relationship between the school boards and their communities. Parents, students and faculty voices need to be heard ever more in this shifting world we live in. It's time for a shift in the right direction!
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Lawrence (Larry) Becking

Stillwater Area Public School District 834
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Lawrence (Larry) Becking

I am running for the Stillwater school board because I believe that our students are the future of our great country. Every student, regardless of their race, ethnicity, skin color or economic status, deserves a quality education, so they can compete in the marketplace when they become responsible adults. School should be a place of safe enjoyable learning where everyone is treated equally and not a please of division and indoctrination.
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Dawn Shea

Pine Island School District 255
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Dawn Shea

I desire to see Pine Island schools be successful and thriving; turning out students dedicated to producing their finest work and becoming motivated members of a strong community. I hope to assist in bringing academics back to the forefront of education and establishing a new precedent for transparency and accountability within the district, starting with the school board.
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Jake Rude

Zumbrota-Mazeppa Public School District 2805
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Jake Rude

I have decided to run for School Board because healthy discussion, attempting to see things from various perspectives, along with critical thinking creates structure for the most successful Boards. We are not well served by a Board that approves unanimously most everything put before them, with no questions asked. We need board members who encourage respectful questioning and discussion because listening, engaging, and responding will lead to greater transparency and further community trust. I will be this type of board member!
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Christina Jordan

Edina School District 273
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Christina Jordan

I have over 30 years' experience as Minnesota public school teacher and a National Education Consultant developing best practice solutions in education nationwide. I've seen what works and what doesn't. We can do better in Edina. Edina's test scores and resident enrollment are decreasing. We owe it to ALL students, educators, and our community to analyze the gaps in our system and strategize for growth focusing on student achievement ensuring everyone can thrive. We need to go back to asking the hard questions, even if the answers are difficult to hear. Partisan decision making has no place in this space.
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Lynda Boudreau

Faribault Public School District 656
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Lynda Boudreau

I am running for the Faribault Public School Board to: improve academic proficiency, place K-12 curricular materials online, establish a curriculum review process, redirect K-12 "equity" agenda to one of "equality," eliminate indoctrinating lessons that promote racial division and affirm transgenderism by changing students' values, attitudes, beliefs. MN standardized test score results reveal a pattern of crumbling student achievement levels. The district's focus on "equity" curriculum and social emotional learning is a distraction of the real problem. The loss of student enrollment has caused financial challenges that threaten future academic success.
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Philip St. Ores

Stillwater Area Public School District 834
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Philip St. Ores

I am running for Chair of District 834 to lead the unification and coordination of the community around 4 goals: 1) District 834 achieves number one academic status in Minnesota; 2) Ensure physically safe schools; 3) Create an enriching school environment for the students and staff; 4) Bring executive skills to the district's finances and operational management. District 834 must prepare students for a globally competitive world. We must stop: test score declines, parents transferring their children to "better" schools, and systemic school board failure.
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Matt Belford

Cannon Falls Area School District 252
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Matt Belford

Our local school has lost its focus on academic excellence. This in a nutshell is why I am running to serve on the Cannon Falls School Board. Our reading and math scores were bad prior to COVID, and they are worse since our school re-opened. We need to focus on education and protect kids from gender and racial divisiveness. I believe academic excellence, measured by student successes, for all students should be at the center of every policy written, every taxpayer dollar spent, and every curriculum and education goal set.
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Mark Lund

Cannon Falls Area School District 252
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Mark Lund

Our children should not be taught political or sexual dis-functional ideologies. Our student's academic performance has trended downward the past 5 years according to Minnesota Department of Education's data. I pledge to actively seek parent, guardian, and grandparent input with decisions that affect your child's academic excellence; to actively involve community members on the District Curriculum Committee. I believe the experiences of our community members will improve student's current academic success, future goals and career choices. Teachers will have tools for individual student academic excellence. I pledge public transparency. Help me help you with the success of your student.
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Russell Kurhajetz

Esko Public School District 99
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Russell Kurhajetz

The mission of every school should be allowing each student to reach their highest potential. I believe the secret to solving many of these issues is transparency, involving all stakeholders. While I have many opinions, as a board member my role is to advocate for their opinions. I'm interested in holding regular town halls, but also would proactively reach out to community members. Some districts chose to send a survey to during the trying policy decision making over the past few years. This not only allowed them input, but freed the board and administration of being unqualified to make decisions.
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Curt Rebelein, Junior

Forest Lake Area School District 831
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Curt Rebelein, Junior

I have been active in our schools for several years. I've been a volunteer coach, worked with special education, contributed to various district policies, attended board meetings and provided feedback, worked with teaching and learning, (unknowingly) helped pilot hybrid learning, participated on a levy committee, and more! I feel that my involvement with our schools in combination with my professional experience could help unlock the potential that has yet to be realized. Our schools need a heightened focus on their primary directive, educational excellence. I can provide the leadership to help make that a reality for our students once again.
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Dan Achtor

Orono School District 278
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Dan Achtor

Like many other families, we moved to Orono for the great schools. The Orono School District has always had a reputation for providing an excellent education. The last few years, however, have been tough on students, families, and teachers. From transitioning between different learning modes to managing the ever changing health policies. Now more than ever, we need to put our kids first - getting back to the basics with an emphasis on academics and make up for setbacks of the last few years.
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Nicole Jaranson

Bemidji Area School District 31
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Nicole Jaranson

Our kids are our future they deserve every opportunity to have the best education available. The schools need to get back to the basics for the best academic achievements possible. We also need to give our kids a safe learning environment. I feel we need to put the responsibility back to the parents; we also need to improve on discussion and communication with parents, teachers and the community.
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Pam Collins

Cannon Falls Area School District 252
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Pam Collins

Cannon Falls needs a strong voice on the School Board who will make Academic Excellence and Student Success front and center in all policy decisions - not the political ideology and woke agenda which causes racial division, sexual confusion, a distorted view of our great county, and undermines family values. I want to make our District one that parents feel safe sending their kids to. I've Homeschooled and taught in Public School. I know the challenges parents and teachers face. My kids are grown. Now I'm ready to stand up for this next generation of parents and students.
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Angie Greig

Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose School District 877
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Angie Greig

I have lived in the Buffalo area since 2004. After founding the Moms for Liberty Wright County Chapter in April 2021, I have decided to run for the school board. It has become clear to me that parents nor kids are being represented on our school board. I offer a voice to parents who feel unheard. We as parents want our children to have every opportunity offered to them and this is not being reflected in our test scores that continue to decline. I vow to protect parents rights with every single vote I make. It is time that parents take back the reins of their childrens' futures.
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Tim Zbaracki

Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose School District 877
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Tim Zbaracki

I am running because our schools are not focused on educating our children and retaining good teachers. Policies that limit public participating are detracting from parents being involved in our children's education. Teachers deserve to be able to teach, not indoctrinate. CRT, gender ideology, etc. should not be taught. We need to get back to a time where parents are involved in our schools, kids are taught how to think, and teachers can teach.
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Lisa Hahn

Moorhead Area Public School District 152
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Lisa Hahn

I am running to bring the American identity and Constitutional values back into our schools. The future of our country is rooted in what and how students learn today. I am deeply concerned about the values being taught and how that is impacting the development of our youth and ability to work together as Americans. The current school board administration has shut down the voice of parents and instilled undue pressure upon our children - through forcing mask mandates and political views of race and gender - in place of teaching character, competence and critical thinking skills. It is time for change.
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Luke Hagglund

Forest Lake Area School District 831
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Luke Hagglund

I am running for school board because I would like to help our schools get back to the basics of academics, parent choice and fiscal responsibility. I believe the parents are ultimately the ones who should decide what is taught in our classrooms and the content that is presented. The school board should be ensuring the basic educational needs of the students are being met, with parent input, not mandating social, political and/or medical decisions.
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Tom Heinen

Cambridge-Isanti School District 911
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Tom Heinen

Student learning and academic achievement scores are dropping; we need change. Before we add any new programs, initiatives or curriculum we need to ask, "Is this going to help children learn?" Our objective needs to be, holding every student to high standards and expectations for academics and classroom conduct; offering a rich and rigorous curriculum, taught as engagingly as possible; and fostering a school culture and climate that celebrates student achievement. Above all, it means holding firmly to the conviction that children do not fail. Rather adults fail children when schools do not deliver any or all of these ingredients.
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Kevin Ronken

Pine Island School District 255
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Kevin Ronken

We need to see more transparency from the school and school board so taxpayers and especially the parents know what the children are being taught.
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Todd A. Kullmann

Hastings School District 200
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Todd A. Kullmann

I have discovered through helping others campaign in the past, how many residents of Hastings are not aware of the radical changes taking place in our public schools. After coming off two years of complete shut downs during the Covid19 situation, our students have fallen behind on every subject being measured. We do not have time to teach personal ideologies or values in the class room. We need to focus on educating our children to prepare them to be useful and respectful future citizens. Stop teaching radical ideologies and indoctrinating our youth!
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Geoffrey "Geoff" Zahn

Prior Lake-Savage Area School District 719
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Geoffrey "Geoff" Zahn

I believe investing in our children is the building block to a stronger community. I am committed to supporting students. The more adults lifting a child up, whether it is teachers, coaches, friends, parents, neighbors, supervisors at a job or school board members, the stronger the support network for our youth becomes. The stronger the network, the more likely a child is to strive for and reach their goals, propelling them to the endless possibilities that await them in our community and beyond.
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Richard Paskach

Delano School District 879
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Richard Paskach

I am running for Delano School Board to restore trust and good judgement in our school system. These two qualities have been pillars of our schools, but I feel have been lost over the past several years. Education and morals are the foundation of a successful life, Delano Public Schools has a solemn responsibility to offer an exceptional education to all our students.
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DeEtta Moos

Cambridge-Isanti School District 911
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DeEtta Moos

I am running for school board to ensure the children in my community get the best education our school can provide! After two years of interrupted learning, it is time to refocus our school on its most basic responsibility, the teaching of reading, writing and arithmetic! With these skills and a love of learning, our students can achieve much! I would be honored to join our school board and foster an environment of success by encouraging more partnerships with parents, maintain a high level of transparency, and keep our school focused on its basic responsibility, the education of our community's future.
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Ted Galaty

Pine Island School District 255
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Ted Galaty

I hold a masters of education with 20+ years experience in secondary and post-secondary education. I am running for Pine Island School Board because I believe we can do better for our children and the city of Pine Island. We need to have full transparency in education, strive for academic excellence in our schools, and partner as a community to best educate our youth.
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LaDawn Severin

Osseo Area School District 279
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LaDawn Severin

My husband and I have five daughters and one son, first grade through 12th grade. I'm running for school board due to my concerns for their generation. I see the youth collectively being treated as a "prize" that select political movements are chasing after. All of our scholars deserve to be protected and educated at our schools. A secondary motive fueling my race is to stand behind weary teachers. Let's restore freedom to our teachers; freedom to teach, rather than champion social movements, and freedom to hold the respect and responsibility bar equally high for all scholars in their classrooms.
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Joe Scott

Eastern Carver County School District 112
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Joe Scott

I am running to fix these issues that plague our school district: Poor academic performance in Reading, Math, and Science, which caused declining enrollment, which caused an uncertain financial future. 1/3 of our school district's students who took standardized tests do not meet the state standards for Reading, Math, and Science. 1/3 of the school-age children living in our school district do not attend our public schools. If our overly-optimistic district's enrollment projections are not met, and the two upcoming referenda are not renewed by voters, our district's fund balances will be in jeopardy.
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Anna Manecke

Bemidji Area School District 31
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Anna Manecke

Schools have been under the power by some of the same people for far too long, many of whom do not have the best interest for the community. I want to bring transparency back to the parents, staff and tax payers. Getting back to the basics and making academic excellence a top priority due to failing grades all across the nation. Schools need to be a safe place where children and staff can learn and teach free of violence. Lastly, the kids belong to their parents, not the schools, and should not be mandated by school officials for their health.
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Matt Thompson

Rocori School District 750
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Matt Thompson

Everyone will say that they want what is best for our children. I am no different but it is a 1 and 1a thing for me. I believe there should be an equal balance between the betterment of our children and the betterment of our community. I want to be the voice for not only our families who have enrollees in the district but also for families who have the same vested interest in our community as a whole. With a very strong school we make a very strong community.
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Pamela Johnson

Pequot Lakes School District 186
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Pamela Johnson

I am running for ISD186 School Board as a parent, a local business owner, a former board member of a non-profit, and a Veteran. I bring a background that understands what struggles students have when their safety/needs may not be met at home. I bring skills in planning to a district that is in a facilities planning stage and to ensure that our building safety is improved. I am running to see our academic focus and options improve. I am running so that all stakeholders can know that as a board member I am ready to listen and work together.
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Nikki Pollock

Moorhead Area Public School District 152
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Nikki Pollock

I am concerned our public schools have strayed from education and focus more now on indoctrination. I am a Christian. Matthew 7:20 "Just as you can identify a tree by it's fruit, so you can identify people by their actions." I want to produce "good fruit" by placing emphasis on a child's character, not race or gender. I am also a strong advocate for parental rights. Parents should always have the final authority regarding their children's education.
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Amy Bullyan

Prior Lake-Savage Area School District 719
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Amy Bullyan

As a parent who has been actively involved in all aspects of my children's education over the last 15 years, including being a consistent volunteer and advocate, I am running for school board because my voice, and the voices of other parents, teachers and district staff, are not been being heard, and at times even censored and silenced. I believe everything rises and falls on leadership, and I have a passion for effective servant leadership. My husband and I are 100% vested in our community. We are business owners, home owners, and we believe that the health of our school district directly impacts the health of our entire community. If elected to the school board, I promise to be a servant leader who will listen, a team player, and someone who will always put the education, safety, and needs of all our children first.
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Samantha Casillas

Hutchinson Public School District 423
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Samantha Casillas

I am running because I believe children should be taught how to think, not what to think. Politics need to be left out of school, but have not been. I believe strong academics needs to be the focus, not CRT, sexual ideologies, or politics. I also believe children have gotten far behind in education these past couple of years and the main goal needs to be to catch them up and to excel.
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Ken Lucier

Moorhead Area Public School District 152
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Ken Lucier

I am deeply concerned with the direction our recent Boards have taken us. I will advocate for more parental involvement, and less external to the district control in all aspects of the education process. I will not abdicate my duty that the legislature and the voters charge me with. I will not be a rubber stamp for any state or federal unelected agency that attempts to usurp their delegated authority. We can do better with less. I will balance the needs of all stakeholders with priority to the students and parents.
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Greg Petrie

Eastern Carver County School District 112
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Greg Petrie

The past few years have been a challenge for our students, their families, and the faculty members who have given so much. I believe there are those in positions to make decisions for our children who saw this as an opportunity to implement policies that align with their agendas rather than focusing on what was best for our students and our district while concern for the academic growth of our students was put on the backburner. Due to declining enrollment and an aggressive budget forecast, I have concerns regarding the future financial integrity of our schools. I am running for school board to serve as a voice for the parents and to do what I can to have the focus shifted back to getting our kids the academic advantage they need to succeed in life. Also, I will demand fiscal responsibility.
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Sarah Gabardi

Hibbing School District 701
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Sarah Gabardi

I'm running because every parent, student, and community member should trust that what's happening inside the school is in the best interest of the student's education, safety, and health without a political agenda attached.
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Brady Haislet

Orono School District 278
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Brady Haislet

Transparency in education is vital to trust of the institution. Educators and parents should be clearly aligned in their goals to empower our future generation with the tools to succeed. As a school board member, I plan to bring back the voices of the parents and ensure that their concerns are heard and met with action to meet our goals for academic excellence at Orono.
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Bree Schindele

Lakeville Area School District 194
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Bree Schindele

Our kids deserve to have the best opportunities that don't involve politics. They deserve to have opportunities that are developmentally appropriate. They deserve to have a safe and productive classroom experience. Teachers deserve to be creative in the classroom while implementing the curriculum and teaching to an appropriate class size. Parents deserve to be able to ask questions about their child's education without fear of how it will affect their child. Let's get back to putting our kids first!
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Mariah Hines

Pequot Lakes School District 186
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Mariah Hines

I am running for School Board because I want parents back in public schools! Parents and students should have a bigger voice in their education and the education of their children. It's time to shift a schools focus back to academic education and leave social emotional education to the parents. Schools should not be politicized nor should our students.
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Julie Houle

Columbia Heights School District 13
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Julie Houle

I am running to bring a fresh perspective to the school board. As a professional CPA, I will promote strong fiscal stewardship and transparency, and I will work to ensure the funding received is focused on student academics. I will work diligently to ensure the school district provides a safe learning environment and promotes educational excellence. Our community is best served when we have high performing schools. When our students excel, our community prospers!
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Sarah Mitchell

Osseo Area School District 279
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Sarah Mitchell

I'm running because I care about the well-being of all our students, not just my own 3 children. I desire to help grow a culture where it's the norm that all families are invested in our schools and work together to ensure the success of all our learners. To this end, I would advocate that our schools keep the main thing the main thing: quality education taught to high standards. Our school board and administration must represent all students equally and work with parents and families to support them. Families need transparency and accountability from our schools!
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Travis Liffrig

Zumbrota-Mazeppa Public School District 2805

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J.Brian Calva

Elk River School District 728
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J.Brian Calva

My name is J. Brian Calva and I am running for school board for ISD728. I never dreamed that I would actually be involved in a campaign on my own behalf but with a daughter in middle school and grandchildren in elementary, I cannot look away from what I see happening in Schools today. More than anything I have a sense that parents are being slowly shut out from the education process with teachers unions adopting a “we know better what’s good for your children“ approach. I am running in hopes of getting a seat at the table to speak for parents who haven’t had a voice and to offer ideas as yet unheard. Conservative family values are part of the solution and I seek the opportunity to pursue academic excellence with a focus, not just on our failures, but also on our successes.
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Jessi Schau

Tri-City United School District 2905

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Gloria Murphy

Centennial School District 12
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Gloria Murphy

I am running to ensure our children receive the best education possible! I will diligently work to ensure our school district provides a safe learning environment, fosters strong values, promotes academic excellence, and removes radical political distractions from the classrooms.
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Amanda Holweger

East Grand Forks Public School District 595
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Amanda Holweger

I believe that my unique perspective will bring new energy, ideas, collaboration and action to our school board. When I dedicate my time, I immerse myself and prepare to the fullest. In preparation for my school board campaign, I have been taking classes on how school boards run and how they can run effectively in conjunction with the community. I do not want my politics nor anyone else’s politics in the education of our students. I want our schools to focus on the students and those educators that help our students achieve their best.
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Danny Olmstead

Hutchinson Public School District 423
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Danny Olmstead

I'm running for school board because I'm passionate about education and parents' right to choose. I want to get the focus back on the fundamentals and high quality curriculum. I will fight to oppose CRT and pre-mature sex education. I want to see fiscal responsibility within the district, prioritizing education with students first. I'm committed to open and transparent communication within the community.
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Ashley Schabilion

Big Lake School District 727
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Ashley Schabilion

I am running for Big Lake School Board because parents deserve to know what is taught to their children, and taxpayers deserve to know how their money is spent. I want to help guide policy that ensures trust in the parent-school partnership and remains grounded in academic excellence. Many components contribute to academic excellence: arts, sports, extracurriculars, etc. Above all, on graduation day, our students deserve to leave with a quality education that has prepared them for their next stage in life. A commitment to high academic achievement, parental rights and transparency will guide me as I represent our community.
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Laura Ndirangu

Forest Lake Area School District 831

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John R. Anderson

Elk River School District 728
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John R. Anderson

I am John R Anderson from Zimmerman, and I am running for ISD728 school board because Great Schools make Great Communities. Core academic test scores are trending downwards and being replaced with a Marxist political agenda that is harmful for children and families. Ask yourself, are the schools better off than they were 10 years ago? I am running to be involved in the education system and to protect the rights of our children/parents while promoting academic excellence. Will you join me by supporting our campaign by voting for candidates like me that are for the students and parents?
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Thomas Covington

Proctor Public School District 704
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Thomas Covington

I'm running for Proctor School Board because I believe what happened in our schools over the last two years was wrong. Closing school doors and creating a distance learning situation should never be allowed to happen again. School decisions should be made at the local level, not at the demands of state and federal politicians. I believe local parents, students, and teachers should have a say in what happens in their school. School board decisions should be transparent and easily accessible to the public. Students should learn facts, not someone's opinion of fact.
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April St. Martin

Owatonna Public School District 761
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April St. Martin

I decided to run for school board because I care about the future of every community member. My vision for ISD 761 is to establish a school climate that reflects the values of our community and will foster complete transparency. I will help empower all families and individuals to be allowed to view and discuss any educational options, curriculum, and materials being taught in the classroom without fear of retribution. I am seeking your support to ensure that all community members are represented and have a voice.
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Lowell Smith

Brainerd Public School District 181
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Lowell Smith

I have gotten into the race because I feel public education is mired in partisan political distractions. With no political aspirations, I simply want to get involved to influence positive change within our current public school system. Public education is supposed to be a bipartisan effort to improve the lives of our children and, in turn, our future community. If elected I will work for our parents, educators, and students to return to a focus on education and academic excellence, not indoctrination. I will support parents being partners in their child’s education and hear their concerns. I support full curriculum transparency, removing politics from the classroom and empowering our teachers and staff to ensure our children are independent thinkers, who are either career or college ready. My focus is on parents as partners, academic excellence and transparency.
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Dean Waymire

Eastern Carver County School District 112
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Dean Waymire

Just like every family in our district, the past few years have been difficult for my family. Specifically in regards to our school district, we have witnessed our district implement policies that are harmful to our children and their classmates’ education and mental health. I will listen to the parents in our community and contribute to help find solutions. Most importantly, every decision I make will be based on what is best for our students and their families.. I’m not running for School Board Member to add it to my resume. I am putting my hat in the ring to help right a ship that seems to be on the brink of capsizing.
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Melinda Ringenier

Orono School District 278
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Melinda Ringenier

I, like many other parents, felt the pull to be more involved in the decisions that affect our children on a daily basis. I am running to bring back an education that is focused on academic excellence and a school board that includes parents and teachers in its decision-making process. Orono parents are concerned about what is happening in their schools and feel ignored when they voice their concerns. This is unacceptable. I seek to bring back the community's trust with the Orono School Board, a trust that can only be earned through an invitation to hear all voices and transparency in its decisions.
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David Melby

Shakopee School District 720
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David Melby

I am running for the Shakopee School Board, because I want to help our school system get back to the basics of reading/writing, math, arts, etc. The school board should create policies that protect and nurture our children. Teachers should be able to collaborate with parents to empower our next generation to reach their full potential. I have been in Shakopee since 2008, and have 3rd and 5th grade children in the Shakopee public schools. My business background can help streamline the school system to financially focus on the basics and reduce the influences of forces outside of our community.
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Svetlana Kolesnikova

Eastern Carver County School District 112
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Svetlana Kolesnikova

I am running because I believe the decisions our school district made in the last few years have been dividing our community, our teachers, our parents and most importantly our kids. Politics and ideologies have been penetrating our schools for several years now. I truly believe if we let it continue, we will never find the common ground for what's best for our children. I am running because I want our schools to get back to what they are supposed to do, which is basics - writing, reading, math, science, art, music, etc. Leave the rest to the families to make their own decisions.
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Derek Staloch

Jordan School District 717

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Bill Markert

Prior Lake-Savage Area School District 719
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Bill Markert

Over the past few years, the Prior Lake-Savage School Board has struggled finding strategies that improve the academic proficiency of our children while at the same time spending money on objectives that seem to have little to do with academics. I’m seeking a School Board seat to get our district back on course – both academically and financially. The policy and spending proposals I will champion as School Board Director will always be done in my role as a strong advocate for all students and in support of parents and teachers. Our children deserve the best and I will never forget that.
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Linda Moore

Faribault Public School District 656
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Linda Moore

I am running because I care about the children in our community, the parents and teachers who want to get back to teaching the basics of reading, writing, math, science and history. I will work to reinstate the Godly principles found in our Constitution into classrooms while removing CRT and gender ideologies. Giving voice to the parents/constituents in the community is a priority, along with supporting transparency of school board processes, including budgets, curriculum, materials and teacher training programs/materials. Finally, I support reasonable and consistent disciplinary policies for ALL students. “Parents Right to Parent” “Teachers Right to Teach”
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Lisa Atkinson

Prior Lake-Savage Area School District 719
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Lisa Atkinson

I believe every child deserves an education to prepare them for their future, whether it be college, trade school, the military, or the workforce. We need to redirect our district goals to focus on the core fundamentals of education including reading, writing, math, communications and digital literacy. Supporting our teachers and providing a high quality education for every child is my #1 Goal and what has driven me to run for school board.
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Mindy Freiberg

Elk River School District 728

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Marilee Jager

Lakeville Area School District 194
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Marilee Jager

Math and reading proficiencies continue to decline while spending increases. To get students back on track, we must diligently return our focus to a more rigorous curriculum. We must provide environments conducive to learning to allow teachers to teach, and all students to reach their full potential. I’m running for School Board because I believe our students deserve a better outcome for the sake of their future success. As a School Board Member, I will ensure district policies and spending promote academic excellence in our schools. Vote Marilee for Lakeville Schools, ISD 194.
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Erin Shelton

Wayzata Public School District 284
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Erin Shelton

I am running for school board in Wayzata because I want to make sure that each one of our tax dollars and each one of the hours in the classroom is devoted to helping every child achieve his or her best, starting with reading and math literacy. I will honor parents as the chief stakeholders and interests in their children’s educations and ensure that the innocence of young learners is protected. All course materials should bring increased unity and community, never division. Our classrooms should be politically neutral places where each child is welcomed and valued as an individual.
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Lynne Lommen

Alexandria Area School District 206

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Mike Bueckers

St. Cloud Area School District 742

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Theresa Carlstedt

St. Cloud Area School District 742

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Laura Knudson

Alexandria Area School District 206

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Kimberly Rishavy

Rochester Public School District 535
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Kimberly Rishavy

I decided to run as a school board candidate after hearing about and watching the intentional destruction being done to our children through equity, SEL, CRT, lack of discipline and sexualization of children.
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John Whelan

Rochester Public School District 535
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John Whelan

I am incredibly concerned and dismayed at the current state of the Rochester Public Schools (RPS). The lack of enforcement of basic discipline has spawned alarming levels of violence against fellow students and RPS staff. There is absolutely no excuse for RPS becoming a “prosecution free” autonomous zone with no respect for those holding positions of authority in our schools. The RPS mission is to provide a rigorous academic education to the students of its service area. Its mission is not to recruit activists to promote failed political ideologies. I am running to offer RPS voters the clear choice to establish a disciplined, financially responsible and education focused RPS.
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Rae Parker

Rochester Public School District 535
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Rae Parker

My decision to run for school board was through concern for my grandchildren. They face a multitude of issues along with all students in the district from violence, academic issues, indoctrination of gender fluidity, gender identity and oppressor/oppressed ideologies. All students deserve a safe environment to learn in. Teachers deserve a safe place to teach in. A place without politics and personal agendas squeezing out academics. Let's give all students the chance to excel in life through focusing on the basics of academics, discipline and accountability.
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Elena Niehoff

Rochester Public School District 535

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Nicole Rierson

St. Cloud Area School District 742
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Nicole Rierson

I am running because it’s time to stop minding my own business and get to work trying to make the changes many in our community feel are necessary to change the direction of our schools. As a teacher and parent, I also have concerns with where the district is putting its focus, especially as our proficiency and graduation rates are falling. I am concerned with how teachers are being supported especially with behaviors. Another concern is how the district seems to limit voices that aren’t completely positive. I believe parents should be involved in their kids education.
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