Partisan issues drove record turnout in Minnetonka school board election
Conservative slates focused on mask mandates and race theory lost in several school districts
November 10, 2021
Record numbers voted in the Minnetonka school board election this fall on races that candidates treated more like campaigns for the Senate than a suburban school board.
"We took it seriously," said newly elected Board Member Patrick Lee-O'Halloran. "The days of the school board being immune from outside political forces are gone."
District officials said that 11,775 voters - close to 40% of those registered - cast ballots, a turnout they believe topped previous board elections and nearly doubled the 6,034 who voted for the board in 2019.