Candidates from La Crosse School Board will speak at an online forum

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — Eight La Crosse School Board candidates speak at a virtual forum Monday at 6:30 p.m. This event, where candidates will share their views, is hosted by the La Crosse Women’s League. Voters.

The February 15 primary is approaching, and this school year, eyes have turned to the school board.

“I think people sometimes care more about who sits on the school board, and that’s a way to have a more direct impact on elections,” said Ellen Frantz of the League of Women Voters.

These eight candidates, including two incumbents, are running for three places.

The candidates are Katie Berkedal, Dawn Comeau (i), Merideth Garcia, Juan F. Jiminez (i), Kimberly Krejchik, Mary LaMothe, Kent Stein and Jake Williams.

“It’s kind of unheard of that there are eight people running for a school district race that would cause a primary. It’s something that we don’t typically see,” said La Crosse County Chief Electoral Officer Ginny Dankmeyer.

The primary will reduce these candidates to six.

At the League of Women Voters forum, candidates will answer questions from the community.

“These local races, I just don’t think we’re going to have a big turnout. You know, we’re lucky to have 10 or 15 percent turnout, I’ll call it a successful night, because you just don’t see it.

The leaders hope that this forum could help attract more voters to the polls. Despite this, Dankmeyer says these local elections are just as important.

“It affects you more directly than the decisions people in DC and Madison make,” Dankmeyer said.

With the issues facing school districts right now, more people might pay attention.

“There are issues in front of school boards about masking, about anything related to this whole area related to COVID,” Frantz said. “They get involved because there is something that matters to them. This is generally a good thing.

All eight candidates were invited to attend. Five of the eight candidates have agreed to participate in tonight’s forum, but Frantz did not know who would or would not be present.

The meeting can be attached to this zoom linkor seen on the League of Women Voters Facebook page.