All open School Board seats will be contested

Two candidates file for each of four open seats this fall

UPDATE: This story has been updated twice, first when information on at-large candidate Christopher Clark became available mid-day June 1 and then again the following day when Clark said he was disqualified from the race.

With the candidate filing period closed as of yesterday, it’s now clear there will be a contest for each of four open seats on the Minneapolis Board of Education this fall.

All three incumbents running for re-election will face challengers in the nonpartisan races. And although she didn’t close off the possibility entirely during a conversation in February, it’s now clear the board’s veteran member, Carla Bates, won’t be seeking a third term.

Her colleague and the board’s current District 2 representative, Kim Ellison, is running for Bates’ citywide seat. Ellison will face frequent School Board candidate Doug Mann, who is making his tenth attempt to reach public office. Ellison won the DFL endorsement in April.

It briefly appeared a third candidate would join the race for the citywide seat when Christopher Clark’s name appeared June 1 on the Minneapolis Elections and Voter Services webpage. But the next day Clark said he wouldn’t appear on the ballot after all. In an email, he said he’d been disqualified by the Secretary of State’s Office for not including a phone number on his filing affidavit.

Two newcomers will vie for Ellison’s job representing the North Side: Kimberly Caprini and KerryJo Felder. Felder is DFL endorsed.

Incumbent Josh Reimnitz will have to get past DFL-endorsed Bob Walser for a second term as the board’s District 4 representative. District 4 includes the neighborhoods around Cedar Lake and Lake of the Isles and a portion of downtown.

In Southwest Minneapolis’ District 6, Board Member Tracine Asberry will face Ira Jourdain in her first re-election bid. Jourdain, the DFL endorsee, ran in 2012 and finished fourth in a four-way race for a citywide seat.

The four open seats represent not quite half of the nine-member School Board, which also includes a non-voting student representative.