It may not draw the same fanfare as last year’s presidential election, but Dakota County voters will soon be asked to bundle and head out to the polls to participate in everyone’s favorite exercise in democracy.
In Independent School District 197, which covers West St. Paul, Mendota Heights and Eagan, four candidates will compete for three open seats on the school board in the Nov. 5 election.
The Nov. 5 Maplewood city election pits a former mayor against a former legislator for leadership of the city, and a number of new candidates against a longtime council member for a pair of council seats.
Each candidate was asked via email to answer questions about what programs she would like to add, expand or cut in Maplewood and what she feels qualifies her for the elective office.
Voters will elect three residents to serve four-year terms on the Mounds View School Board, ISD 621 on Tuesday, Nov. 5.
In that race, incumbents Jon Tynjala, Marre Jo Sager, Greg Madsen and challenger John Hakes will be competing for the three open seats.
On Nov. 5, voters will also decide whether or not the district will continue to receive its $11.5 million annual property tax levy for another 10 years. If the levy is renewed it would begin in 2015 and continue through 2023. ISD 621 currently receives nearly 30 percent of its funding through property taxes.
The city of New Brighton will hold an election for the open city council and mayor seats in November.
Incumbents Gina Bauman and Char Samuelson are vying for two open council seats, as are challengers Mary Kunesh-Podein, Brian Strub and Graeme Allen.
Incumbent mayor Dave Jacobsen and current City Council Member Mary Burg will face off in New Brighton’s mayoral race.
Three seats are open on Roseville Area School Board this year.
Incumbent Kitty Gogins and challengers Mike Boguszewski, Mark Traynor and Frank Shaw are running for the spots on the board.
Voters will also be asked to approve a new eight-year operating levy for Roseville Area Schools this November. The new levy would generate $1,505 per student in the district. The current operating levy expires on June 30, 2014.
School Board elections for Mounds View Public Schools and the St. Anthony-New Brighton School District will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 5.
Voters will elect three residents to serve four-year terms on the Mounds View School Board. Four candidates are competing for those three open seats.
There are three seats open on the St. Anthony-New Brighton School Board. That race is uncontested, as there are just three candidates.