School board races in Michigan are officially nonpartisan. But this year, far-right Republicans are running in many districts, disrupting school board meetings and making false allegations about curriculum and library materials.
“This year, more than ever, it is crucial to have information about school board candidates to make sure you are voting for strong supporters of public education and not be tricked into voting for far-right extremists,” said Judy Daubenmier, chair of the Livingston County Democratic Party.
Some organizations that share many of the values of the Democratic Party have made endorsements in local school board races, based on interviews with candidates.
The Michigan Education Association has compiled a list of candidates that their locals have endorsed, which are listed below. In addition, a link to the Livingston Post’s candidate questionnaires follows for each school district.
Brighton Area Schools:
Angela Krebs, Lyndsay Wing. Post questionnaires here: https://thelivingstonpost.com/candidate-questionnaires-brighton-area-schools/
Diana Dombrowski, John Belcher, Denise Yon. Post questionnaires here: https://thelivingstonpost.com/candidate-questionnaires-fowlerville-community-schools/
Vic Bugni, Meagan Glabach, Michelle Hemeyer, Ed Gentile. Post questionnaires here: https://thelivingstonpost.com/candidate-questionnaires-hartland-consolidated-schools/
Grace Trudell, Christy Conn, Tracy Flak. Post questionnaires here: https://thelivingstonpost.com/candidate-questionnaires-howell-public-schools/
Gayle Hurn, Bill Wearne, Michelle Crampo. Post questionnaires here: https://thelivingstonpost.com/candidate-questionnaires-pinckney-community-schools/
The full MEA list is here: https://mea.org/mea-recommended-local-school-board-candidates/
Not all MEA locals interview and endorse candidates. In Whitmore Lake School District, Devin Steele, who attended Whitmore Lake Schools, is running.
For local library boards, strong candidates who share our values are Evelyn Gallegos and Nancy Rosso for Cromaine Library; Dan Huth for Brighton District Library, and Jace Arledge and Nancy VanGilder for Fowlerville Public Library.
You will find library and school board races in the non-partisan section of your ballot. You must vote for them separately because voting straight Democratic does not include these races.
“Remember to vote the full ballot, including the nonpartisan section,” Daubenmier said.
(Paid for by Livingston County Democratic Executive Committee, 8028 Grand River, Woodland Plaza Suite 7, Brighton, MI 48114. Labor donated.)