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Brunnette and Hess in, Adou out as District 833 School Board filing deadline nears

Marsha Adou told fellow South Washington County School Board members and administrators Thursday she is not running for a third four-year term on the board.

Adou, of Woodbury, said she’s proud to have served on the District 833 board, proud of the how far the school district has come academically and how well the district has managed spending.

Adou is the first incumbent to announce a decision not to seek re-election. The terms of Adou, Laurie Johnson, David Kemper and Tracy Brunnette end this year.

Only Brunnette, of Cottage Grove, has filed for re-election.

There will be at least one challenger for a four-year seat. Frederick Hess, of Woodbury, filed Thursday to run in the November election.

Also, Katie Schwartz, a St. Paul Park resident and past board candidate, told the Bulletin she plans to run for a four-year seat on the board.

The seat held by board member Katy McElwee-Stevens also will be on the ballot for a special election for a two-year position. McElwee-Stevens, of Newport, was appointed to fill one year of a four-year term after the resignation in early 2012 of board member Leslee Boyd.

Johnson, of Woodbury, said Thursday in an email to the Bulletin she plans to file for the two-year seat.

The person elected to the two-year seat will serve the remainder of Boyd’s term. And unlike the other election winners, who will take office in January, the person elected to the two-year term will be sworn in at the first meeting following the election.

Candidates can pick up an affidavit of candidacy at the District Service Center, 7362 East Point Douglas Road, Cottage Grove. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 13. There is a $2 filing fee to run for office.

Board candidates must be eligible voters, at least 21 years old, a resident of the school district for at least 30 days before the Nov. 5 election and not a convicted predatory offender.

Judy Spooner
Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
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