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Suburban school board races in Minnesota emerge as partisan battlegrounds

Slates of candidates challenge pandemic precautions and racial equity policies


October 28, 2021

Glen Stubbe, Star Tribune file

A polling place Bethany Missionary Church in Bloomington.

Campaign signs have popped up in clusters and candidates are offering more pointed messaging than voters typically hear in suburban school board races: Educate, not indoctrinate, they say. Academics, not activism.

These are conservative voices and they're rising - many as part of multicandidate slates - seeking to flip school board seats in elections next week and then set what they describe as a new common-sense direction.

Fervent challenges to racial equity policies have turned what are sometimes sleepy off-year elections into partisan battles across Twin Cities metro suburbs, from South Washington County to Wayzata to White Bear Lake. In Bloomington, candidate Natalie Marose, a teacher and school administrator, decries the distribution of Black Lives Matter T-shirts to staff members and an embrace by some of gender-inclusive restrooms.


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