12 file for school boards

Staff Writer
Since 2013, I have primarily covered the Anoka-Hennepin and Spring Lake Park school districts as well as the city of Spring Lake Park for ABC Newspapers.

A dozen filed to run for two local school boards before the deadline Aug. 15.

Five will vie for three School Board seats in the Anoka-Hennepin School District Nov. 7.

Incumbent Bill Harvey, of Champlin, will run against Jessica Geisler, of Coon Rapids, for the District 3 seat. The district comprises Champlin, southwestern Coon Rapids and Dayton.

Current Board Member William Fields, of Andover, did not file for re-election in District 4, which includes northern Andover, Ham Lake, Nowthen, Oak Grove and northeastern Ramsey. He was first elected to the board in 2013, and his term will expire at the end of this year.

Throwing their hats in the ring in District 4 are Anna Dirkswager and Brian Herda, both of Andover.

Incumbent Jeff Simon, of Coon Rapids, is running unopposed in District 6, which is made up of southern Andover and northern Coon Rapids. He was appointed to the School Board in 2012 and ran for the seat unopposed in 2013.

In Spring Lake Park, a seven-candidate field must be narrowed to four Nov. 7, as four at-large seats are up for grabs.

Incumbents Kelly Delfs, of Spring Lake Park; Marilynn Forsberg, of Spring Lake Park; and Chairperson John Stroebel, of Blaine, have all filed for re-election. Jodi Ruch, of Blaine, did not file for re-election. She was first elected to the board in 2005.

Steven Aalund, of Spring Lake Park; Michael Kreun, of Blaine; Daphne Ponds, of Blaine; and Amy Wheaton, of Blaine, are all hoping to be elected to first terms on the Spring Lake Park School Board.

The 2015 Spring Lake Park School Board race was uncontested with three individuals on the ballot for three at-large seats.

Members on both boards are elected to four-year terms.

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