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Fifteen candidates file for five seats open in Nov. 7 School Board election

The District 833 School Board has five seats open for election on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Board members Tracy Brunnette, Katy McElwee-Stevens, Katie Schwartz and Sharon Van Leer currently fill these seats. Another seat is vacant and will have a two-year term that will begin immediately following the Nov. 7 Election and run through December 2019. 

Filings received as of the 5 p.m. deadline on Tuesday, Aug. 15, include ten candidates for the four four-year terms and five candidates for the two-year term.

Filing for election to the four-year seats are incumbents Tracy Brunnette (Cottage Grove), Katy McElwee-Stevens (Newport), Katie Schwartz (St. Paul Park) and Sharon Van Leer (Woodbury), along with Patricia Driscoll (Cottage Grove), Thor Halverson (Woodbury), Alexandra Hedberg (Woodbury), Douglas Hoffman (Woodbury), David Pyrz (Woodbury) and William Thurmes (Cottage Grove).  

Filing for the two-year seat are Wael Abdelkader (Woodbury), Sean Brown (Woodbury), Duane Girard (Newport), Heather Hirsch (Cottage Grove) and Steve Lagoon (Cottage Grove).