Health of School Board candidate in question

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July 20, 2012 by Sarah M

// By Dylan Thomas //

Willis G. Trueblood, one of four candidates for a citywide School Board seat, was hospitalized at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center in July.

A man who answered the door at Trueblood’s home on the 4400 block of Clinton Avenue South on the afternoon of July 18 said Trueblood was in the intensive care unit, but would not say why, give his name or describe his relationship to Trueblood. When told a reporter was trying to contact Trueblood to talk about his School Board campaign, the man responded: “He can’t talk, anyway.”

A hospital spokesman confirmed July 20 Trueblood was at the VA Medical Center, but did not provide any more information about the nature of the hospitalization.

Trueblood was one of three challengers seeking School Board Member Carla Bates’ at-large seat on the board. The others are North Side residents Doug Mann and Janice Mae Harmon.

The Aug. 14 primary election will narrow the field to two candidates, whose names will appear on the Nov. 6 general election ballot.

Trueblood previously ran unsuccessful campaigns for Congress and City Council, the Star Tribune reported in June.

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