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18 file for five seats on District 833 School Board

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Voters will have no shortage of choices when they go to the polls Nov. 5 to fill five South Washington County School Board seats.

A total of 18 people stepped up to run for the board in the fall election, with 14 filing for four four-year seats on the ballot and another four candidates seeking a two-year seat.

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The filing period closed Tuesday. Candidates have until the end of the day Thursday to withdraw.

All but one incumbent wrapping up terms board will be on the ballot.

Four-year seats

Board members Tracy Brunnette of Cottage Grove and David Kemper of Woodbury are seeking another four-year term. Also, Katy McElwee-Stevens of Newport, who is finishing a one-year appointment, filed to run for a full four-year term.

Others seeking a four-year term include Frederick E. Hess of Woodbury; Katie Schwartz of St. Paul Park; John P. Griffin II of Woodbury; Molly Lutz of Woodbury; Leilani Holmstadt of Cottage Grove; Sharon H. Van Leer of Woodbury; Raj Gandhi of Woodbury; Mike Thissen of Woodbury; Wayne Johnson of Cottage Grove; Michael P. Edman of Cottage Grove; and Safiyyah Cummings, who lives in Plymouth but plans to live in the district for the 30 days prior to the election, as required.

Two-year seat

Four people will compete for a two-year seat that fills out the rest of the term left vacant when former board member Leslee Boyd stepped down. McElwee-Stevens was appointed to a one-year term, which concludes with the upcoming election.

Board member Laurie Johnson of Woodbury is seeking the two-year seat. The three challengers, all from Woodbury, are Susan Richardson, Girma Dinssa and David W. Firkus.

Board member Marsha Adou is not running for another term.

Adou, of Woodbury, said she’s proud to have served on the board, proud of the how far the school district has come academically and how well the district has managed spending.

The four-year terms will begin in January. The winner of the two-year seat will be sworn in at the first board meeting following the election.

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Scott Wente
Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
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