School Board candidates to meet Aug. 6

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July 26, 2012 by Sarah M

// By Dylan Thomas //

STEVENS SQUARE — Candidates for the four open School Board seats were invited to meet in a forum 7:30 p.m.–9 p.m. Aug. 6 at Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Ave. S.

The forum takes place eight days before the Aug. 14 primary election. Only two of the four School Board races are competitive, and primary voting will narrow the fields in both races to two candidates apiece. Those names will appear on the Nov. 6 general election ballot.

The candidates in District 4 — which includes all of Southwest north of Lake Street, plus the ECCO neighborhood and parts of downtown — are: district parent and active volunteer Patty Wycoff of Bryn Mawr; Teach for America alumnus Josh Reimnitz of Elliot Park, who is now the young executive director of a youth leadership nonprofit; and Lowry Hill’s William Lange, a recent Concordia University–St. Paul graduate working as a proofreader.

There are four candidates in the citywide race for the School Board’s one open at-large seat, including the incumbent, Carla Bates, first elected in 2008 and currently the board’s longest-serving member. Bates’ challengers include: licensed practical nurse Doug Mann, making his seventh attempt to win a School Board seat, this time with a Green Party endorsement; Janice Mae Harmon, a North Side resident who aligns herself with Independence Party ideals; and Willis G. Trueblood, who several decades ago ran unsuccessful campaigns for city and federal office.

The other two School Board races are uncontested. Appointed to fill a board vacancy last year, Kim Ellison is running unopposed to represent the North Side’s District 2. Tracine Asberry is the only candidate in District 6, which includes most of Southwest south of Lake Street.

The Aug. 6 forum is sponsored by League of Women Voters Minneapolis, African American Leadership Forum, Committee on the Achievement Gap, Education Equity Organizing Collaborative, MinnCAN, AchieveMpls and the Southwest Journal.

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