Ten candidates are running in the nonpartisan general election for four of the seven at-large seats on the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan school board in Dakota County, Minnesota, on Nov. 7.
The district had approximately 29,245 students during the 2021-2022 school year.
Three incumbents—Sachin Isaacs, Cory Johnson, and Jackie Magnuson—are running for re-election. Incumbent Joel Albright is not running for another term.
Isaacs, Johnson, Magnuson, and Anna Williams received endorsements from the Dakota County United Educators (Local 2006), Education Minnesota, OutFront Minnesota Action, and the Minnesota State Council of the Service Employees International Union. Dakota County United Educators represents teachers and nurses in the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School District.
Four challengers—Kim Bauer, Melissa Field, Teressa Schlueter, and Lori Urkiel—received endorsements from the Dakota County chapter of Moms for Liberty, the Minnesota Parents Alliance, and the American Indian Coalition. Moms for Liberty – Dakota County says it “is dedicated to the survival of America by unifying, educating and empowering parents to defend their parental rights at all levels of government.”
Voters approved two bond issues totaling $493 million in May, the largest school bond issue in Minnesota’s history. Question 1 was for $374 million in new funding and was approved, 69% to 31%. The money is for a new elementary school, a new middle school, additions and renovations to one of the high schools and two other district schools, and safety and security improvements. Voters approved Question 2, 66% to 34%. It provides $119 million for an activity center at each of the district’s four high schools.
Craig Angrimson and Gina Swaney are also running. Two candidates who will also appear on the ballot—Leah Gardner and Charles McCready—dropped out of the race after the candidate withdrawal deadline. Both endorsed the candidates that the Dakota County United Educators, Local 2006 supported.