Two contests for seats on the Minneapolis school board took unexpected twists after Tracine Asberry was left as the lone candidate for the southwest Minneapolis seat, and the DFL endorsee for another seat indicated Monday he won't run.
Darrell Washington said he's been told as a city employee federal law may prevent him from filing for the downtown-Isles are race. He said there's enough uncertainty that he won't file.
With filing closing Tuesday at 5 p.m., the only candidate for that seat is Josh Reimnitz, a 26-year-old who taught in Atlanta through Teach for America.
A four-way race has developed for the city-wide seat on this fall's ballot. Incumbent and DFL endorsee Carla Bates is being challenged by Doug Mann, Willis G. Trueblood and Janice Mae Harmon. Mann is a South Sider; Trueblood and Harmon are North Siders. DFL endorsee Kim Ellison is the lone filer for a North Side seat.
The turn of events could leave organized labor temporarily without a candidate in two races. Both the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers and the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation endorsed Washington.Some observers were surprised when Asberry, a former member of MFT, failed to win its endorsement.