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Non-incumbent candidates for the two seats will also need to sharpen their messages on how they’d improve schools and close the achievement gap. Those are easy buzz words, but they’ve offered few specifics in campaign forums about how they’d accomplish that on a board largely limited to setting policy and financial oversight, with only the superintendent reporting to it.
Jourdain has done that somewhat since he applied unsuccessfully to be appointed to the board seat vacated by the death of Hussein Samatar. He’s a human service professional who argues a board member ought to have children in the system.
Also running are Doug Mann, who has campaigned often on issues of racial equity, and newcomer Soren Christian Sorensen.
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