Collier Wins Special Election for Brooklyn Center School Board
Janelle Collier won the Nov. 7 special election for a seat on the Brooklyn Center School Board.
Collier received 52.63 percent of the votes cast on Election Night, or 170 total votes. O’Connor received 46.13 percent of the votes, or 149 votes.
Collier is a former member of the Brooklyn Center School Board. She served from 2013 to 2015. According to her CCX Media candidate statement, she worked for the state of Minnesota for 33 years.
O’Connor is a former member of the Brooklyn Center City Council.
Most recently, O’Connor ran for the Minnesota Senate District 38 seat in the 2022 election on a Legal Marijuana Now party ticket. She lost that election to former Brooklyn Park City Council Member Susan Pha.
“Last year, the school district held an election for three open seats,” wrote a district spokesperson in a message to community members. “There was one candidate that filed for re-election (Cheryl Jechorek) and three that filed new affidavits of candidacy (Richard Zeck, Lauren Racer, and Aubry Woksonsommers). According to state statute, at the time of the election, Lauren Racer was no longer eligible to serve on the school board due to her employment by the BCCS district. The school board appointed John Solomon to hold the position until a special election is held on Nov. 7, 2023.”