The only school district with a school actually located in Minnetrista is the Westonka school district which has three school board seats up for election in November 2021. If you’re in the Westonka district it is imperative you vote. Our community and students’ futures depend on it.
I attended the League of Women Voters school board candidate forum on September 17 and came away more convinced than ever that the Westonka school board needs new members, more connected to the community. You can watch the forum here. There are four challengers and three incumbents running:
Challengers: Katie Holt, Rachael Myers, Kathleen Olesinski and Gregory Snyder
Incumbents: Brian Carlson, Loren Davis and Gary Wollner
As is typical at LWV events many of the questions were designed for incumbents to answer, containing specifics about past board actions, plans, etc. that challengers weren’t privvy to. Regardless, the challengers stood up well and, frankly, any of them would be an improvement over the tax and spend, mask and vaccine mandate supporting, incumbents.
Early voting has started so get yourself over to the Westonka School District office now:
In-person absentee/early voting for the November election began Friday, Sept. 17 and continues through Monday, Nov. 1 at the school district offices, 5901 Sunnyfield Rd. E, Minnetrista. Absentee voting is being conducted during regular office hours Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. On the last day for absentee voting, Nov. 1, the office will be open until 5 p.m.
Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 26, through the end of the absentee period, voters will be able to cast their ballots by inserting them directly into a ballot counter, just as they would on Election Day.
The election will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 2, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. There are two combined polling places:
- Mount Olive Lutheran Church fellowship hall, 5218 Bartlett Blvd., Mound
- School district offices, Educational Service Center community room, 5901 Sunnyfield Rd. E., Minnetrista
To determine your polling location, use the Secretary of State pollfinder, http://pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us.