Seven candidates vying for four school board positions in Forest Lake

  • Article by: DAAREL BURNETTE II , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 29, 2011 - 11:25 PM

Forest Lake and South Washington County have contests for school board seats. White Bear Lake incumbents are running unopposed.

Seven candidates are running for four seats in Forest Lake's school board election. If the district's levy fails this fall, the board will have to work with administrators to cut $6 million from its budget next school year. Several of the candidates ran on fiscal issues, including how to keep the district afloat and thriving in the next four years.

Incumbents Dan Kieger, a local home security business owner from Lino Lakes, and Rob Rapheal, a software engineer and business owner from Scandia, will be vying to return to the board. John Beckstrom, a Realtor from Forest Lake; Julie Corcoran, a Forest Lake resident and former board member; John Freed, an engineer from Columbus; Connie Sutherland, a marketing coordinator from Lino Lakes, and Gail Theisen, a community event organizer from Forest Lake, also will be vying for the four seats.

South Washington County

Seven residents will be running for three seats on South Washington County's school board.

Incumbents Ron Kath, an accountant from Cottage Grove; Leslee Boyd, a parent volunteer from Woodbury; and Jim Gelbmann, a deputy secretary of state from Woodbury, will be running for re-election to their current seats.

Steve Lagoon, a substitute teacher from Cottage Grove; Katie Schwartz, a stay-at-home mom and volunteer of St. Paul Park; Joe Ryan, a veteran and risk management consultant from Woodbury; and Lezlie Schriver, a stay-at-home mom from Cottage Grove, also will be vying to fill the three seats.

White Bear Lake

Three candidates who are currently on the school board will be running unopposed for re-election to the White Bear Lake school board.

They are Chris Hiniker, trans- portation planner from White Bear Township; Cathy Storey, community volunteer from Vadnais Heights, and Lori Swanson, community volunteer from White Bear Township.

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