Unofficial lists of candidates are in for all of the local school districts (here) and I am sure I will have more analysis later, but for now I can say that we have a terrific group of candidates for the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti schools.
In Ann Arbor, there are
10 candidates for 4 positions, including two incumbent board members.
What's more, I think all 10 are really good candidates. I haven't vetted them all yet, so I'm not sure to what extent I agree or don't agree with their positions, but I do know that most of them have been invested in/following/volunteering in the Ann Arbor schools and the actions of the school board over the past few years.
Hunter Van Valkenburgh
In Ypsilanti, there are
4 candidates running for 2 full six-year spots.
8 candidates running for 3 partial four-year spots.
6 candidates running for 2 partial two-year spots.
(Remember, because this is the first time the board is being voted for, all seats are up for grabs and they had to be staggered.)
It's nice to see so much faith/willingness to roll up their sleeves and work for the future of the Ypsilanti Community Schools.
For the full six-year term (two spots available)
For the partial four-year term (three spots available)
For the partial two-year term (two spots available)
Don Garrett Jr.
As for the other school districts, it looks like the following districts will have uncontested elections.
Chelsea, Dexter, Milan, Saline
Lincoln has 4 candidates for 3 positions:
Jennifer Czachorski, Tommy Burdette, Jennifer LaBombarbe, Thomas Rollins
Manchester has 4 candidates for 3 positions:
Michael Austin, Rebecca Harvey, Dara Psarouthakis, Jill Corwin
Whitmore Lake has 4 candidates for 2 positions:
Kalyndra Craven, James Vibbart, Anne Iaquinto, Lisa McCully
(Given the proposal to have Ann Arbor annex Whitmore Lake schools, this may be a race to watch if the candidates do not all have the same position.)
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