District 6 School Board race down to one candidate

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June 4, 2012 by Sarah M

Tracine Asberry last standing in race

// By Dylan Thomas //

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Within a matter of days the District 6 School Board race appears to have narrowed from four candidates to just one: Tracine Asberry.

Minneapolis Federation of Teachers-endorsed candidate Alex Phung, a Cargill attorney, announced the end of his campaign Friday. Lyndale Community School parent David Weingartner ended his bid with an e-mail announcement over the weekend, citing a lack of “personal time (and) resources” to conduct an effective campaign.

Southwest Minneapolis Patch reports Curtis Johnson also dropped out Friday, and on Monday his campaign website was no longer accessible to the public. Johnson, a track coach at Washburn High School, did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday morning.

That leaves Asberry, a former Minneapolis Public Schools teacher who officially filed to run for office last week. While no candidate won enough support for an endorsement at the May 19 Minneapolis DFL convention, Asberry came the closest.

On Monday, Asberry announced a door-knocking campaign that will have its official kick-off 6:15 p.m.–9 p.m. Friday in the community room at the Uptown Lunds store, 1450 W. Lake St.

Weingartner said he planned to meet with Asberry Thursday to discuss her campaign and the key issues in District 6. He also promised to continue his work as a parent-advocate, focusing on the lack of capacity in Southwest-area schools, equity among district high school programs, teacher contract reform and the district budget.

“I think I’ve accomplished a lot as a private citizen,” he said, adding he may consider another run for School Board in the future.

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