Election Results

November 4, 2009 at 5:41 pm 7 comments

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.


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  • 1. Give2Attain  |  November 9, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    Now don’t be poor losers….

    There was nothing preventing the contenders from being more knowledgeable about the complexities of the school district or spreading their intent early. As Speed said and DJ reaffirmed, candidates had better start working now for the 2011 race if they want to win a school board position.

    This means attending all the meetings they can and being an active volunteer. Studying the issues and constraints, and preparing viable alternatives. And start building support and name recognition within the voter groups you want to influence. (note: make sure they are folks that will make the time to vote)

    I personally think only the totally disenfranchised will vote for the “Status Quo must Go” or “we will stand up to the Federal and State mandates”. I think most citizens want to know details regarding the candidate’s vision for improving “the community’s” schools. Because they do value their Public Schools, even if they think they cost too much.

    Here’s to 2011 !!!!

    • 2. communitysolutionsmn  |  November 9, 2009 at 11:52 pm

      You are certainly entitled to your personal opinion about who is disenfranchised but I have to challenge your premise that candidates who want to change the status quo or who believe that controlling state and federal mandates on local school activities are symptoms of being uninformed. Perhaps these positions have evolved out of intimate, in depth knowledge of existing conditions that don’t don’t like and wish to change since they believe that those best suited to make decisions regarding local schools are actually members of the community those schools serve. Perhaps they value their schools and want them to be more successful and of even greater value to the students by offering programs and opportunities that are moe specifically tailored to the local student populations. Cost is only one of the factors in regard to changing the status quo and seeking freedom from mandates in education.

      • 3. Give2Attain  |  November 10, 2009 at 1:40 am

        As most folks know, I am a big fan of changing the status quo. However, these changes need to be well defined and practical in order to influence the typical practical citizen. Not change for changes sake.

        As for changing mandates, every citizen has about as much clout to do this as a RAS School Board member. The reality is they are trapped within the laws that bind them. If someone really wants to address these, they had best run for state office. Remember that whenever RAS has tried to rebel against the mandates, some entitled citizen or group has sued them. Now that is expensive…

        I listened closely, however I did not hear about specific knowledge, programs or offerings. Hopefully the candidates can firm up their platform if they decide to try again in 2011. Or they need to get more like minded people who want undefined change out to vote.

  • 4. Give2Attain  |  November 9, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    Two more notes:

    Do we really want people who are unwilling to make 15 minutes to vote choosing our school board members?

    How much time do we think they will be willing to spend learning about the issues or candidates?

    Food for thought. Have a great week !!!

    • 5. communitysolutionsmn  |  November 9, 2009 at 11:40 pm

      Do we really want people who are unwilling to make 15 minutes to vote choosing our school board members? Interesting question in light of the concept take we should allow anyone to vote who can show up and register on election day. Do we really want people that unengaged and uninformed to cast a ballot? How time do we think they have spent learning about the issues or candidates. The 12% gap between the union endorsed slate and the rest of the candidates has interesting implications in that respect. It certainly challenges the premise that many who voted where actually informed about individual candidates.

      • 6. Give2Attain  |  November 10, 2009 at 1:57 am

        If those willing to vote did not take the time to learn anything about the candidates or district, then I agree that it is a sad state of affairs. Of course, those who did not vote would be even less likely to learn before voting.

        Of course, if citizen’s trust their teachers to look out for their kids and are not too worried about the cost. Then the RFT endorsements would be an easy way to vote for the best candidates. Kind of hard for many to say they trust their child’s future to a teacher, and then to say they don’t trust the Teacher’s judgement regarding which board members would be best for the District and kids.

        Of course, since I did not vote the RFT line up. I must not trust the teacher’s judgement as much as most others must…

  • 7. wants2know  |  November 12, 2009 at 4:28 am

    In the words of Ronald Reagan, “Trust but verify”


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