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Incumbent starts 11th hour write-in campaign

With about a week to go before the election, one more candidate is throwing her hat back in the ring for District 833 School Board.

Current school board member Denise Kapler has started a write-in campaign for re-election.

Kapler, a Woodbury resident who was first elected to the school board in 2001, said she chose not to file for re-election this fall because of some instances of retaliation her daughters had been getting due to school board decisions.

"That really caught me off guard," she said. "I started to get in the mode of the over-protective mother."

But over the last several weeks, Kapler began to hear from numerous supporters who encouraged her to start a write-in campaign. She also said her family told her they supported her in whatever she chose to do.

"People are asking me to step up to the plate to help -- they were telling me 'We need you to step up, we need your voice,'" Kapler said. "And I have such a passion for the education of the children that I felt I could give back."

Since Kapler made her write-in campaign official on Oct. 24, some teachers at Woodbury High School have joined the campaign her re-election.

"We appreciate the support she has given to this building in the past," Woodbury High School principal Linda Plante said.

Kapler said the outpouring of support she has received from the community has been very humbling and appreciated.

"It's a very humbling experience to have a community working with you on such important decisions -- this was more than I could have ever fathomed," she said. "The work that I've done has resonated with different people -- I have eight years of decisions behind me."

Kapler said the biggest concern the district should have in the coming year is to adjust to the changes that they find themselves with.

"This community needs to heal and settle," she said. "There's been a lot of changes in this community and with all that comes new frameworks that need to be established -- we need time to sit back and reflect on what we've done.

"I have great faith that this is a community with a tremendous sense of good will -- I am confident in the ability to focus on what is good and what is right."

Amber Kispert-Smith

Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.

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