First off, we at Community Solutions want to thank all of the people who ran for District 281 Robbinsdale School Board. The voters had an extraordinary wealth of skills and points of view to choose from. It takes a special person to run for elected office and we really appreciate everyone who made the decision to run. Congradulations to the winners. The incumbents who are willing to continue tackle the myriad issues facing the District moving forward. Congradulations to Mark Bomchill on his win. We look forward to working with him and the incumbents who are returning to benefit all residents of the District.
On another note, we have serious concerns with the process of this election. It is hardly representative of a fair and open election. We hold the District administration accountable for orchestrating a very short election race that failed to hold a primary and delayed the window to file for candidacy until the end of August. This resulted in a very short campaign season that failed to give non-incumbents an opportunity to fully articulate their individual plaforms to the public. The policy of holding school board elections in the off cycle year is also frustrating. It costs the District twice as much and virtually guarantees low voter turnout. Surely we can do better in the future.