Primary narrows field in School Board races

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August 15, 2012 by Sarah M

Carla Bates will face Doug Mann in her bid for re-election to an at-large School Board seat after Tuesday’s primary eliminated two candidates from that race.

Bryn Mawr neighborhood leader Patty Wycoff and nonprofit director Josh Reimnitz will move onto the general election, as well. The two are seeking the District 4 seat in this year’s only other contested School Board election.

Just 16,192 votes were cast in the at-large race, and Bates took 9,034 of them, earning 55.79 percent of the vote. Mann, a registered nurse making his seventh run at a School Board seat, came in with 17.88 percent, edging Janice Mae Harmon (14.93 percent) and Willis G. Trueblood (11.40 percent).

The Minnesota Secretary of State’s office reported there were 221,553 registered Minneapolis voters as of 7 a.m. Tuesday, but turnout appeared light at polling places.

In District 4, which covers Southwest north of Lake Street, plus the ECCO neighborhood and parts of downtown, there were just 2,775 votes cast in a three-way School Board race. The 1,674 votes for Wycoff gave her a commanding 60.32 percent of the total, but nearly one-third of voters (28.28 percent) picked Reimnitz.

William Lange, a recent Concordia University graduate, came in third (11.50 percent) in District 4 and won’t move on to Election Day.

There are two other open School Board seats this year, but only one candidate in each of the races: Tracine Asberry in Southwest’s District 4 and Kim Ellison in the North Side’s District 2.

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