Robbinsdale School Board Won’t Consider Adding Primary
At the April 5 Robbinsdale School Board meeting, the board discussed the possibility of adding a primary to the school board race if more than nine candidates filed to run.
Board Chair Helen Bassett said the item came up in informal discussion, but in full transparency, the board decided to discuss the item at a meeting.
Robbinsdale School Board member Michael Herring said he’s asked for a primary to be added in the last three election cycles.
“I do feel like it gives more time for people who are interested to get out and get support,” said Herring.
Herring, who has served since 2014, said he is not running for re-election. His seat will be open on the November ballot alongside the seats occupied by Sam Sant, David Boone and Sharon Brooks Green.
Since 1999, only three races would have met the discussed criteria for a primary.
Herring moved to consider the change but withdrew the item from consideration after school board members spoke against adding a primary in the discussion. Those who spoke felt that the change would shorten the time that people would have to consider running for the school board.
You can listen to the full discussion here.