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Edina Superintendent Search Survey Open until Mar 4
John Schultz, the superintendent of Edina Public Schools, recently announced his intent to retire at the end of the 2020-21 school year. The announcement has come less than a month after the resignation of Assistant Superintendent Bryan Bass, who accepted the position of president of DeLaSalle High School in Minneapolis.
The Edina School Board is mounting a search for Schultz’ replacement. They have contracted with a superintendent search firm, School Exec Connect, which counts former Edina Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Kenneth Dragseth as one of its consultants.
The school board also sent out an email to some members of the community sharing a Superintendent Search Survey. It is not clear that the school board email went to everyone in Edina. However, the survey is open to all Edina residents. The purpose is to determine the challenges, strengths, and goals of the district, and what characteristics or skills are important in a superintendent. The survey closes Thursday, March 4.
Edina Public Schools announced that 20 focus groups will be conducted. “They are designed to be inclusive of all district voices, representing our diverse demographics, all school age levels and programs, students, parents, employees and community.” Participants for employee, parent and student focus groups were selected using a randomized process and notified by email invitation earlier this week.
If you would like to participate in a focus group and did not receive an invitation by Tuesday, Feb. 23, please click on this link to enter a lottery for the open community forum focus group on Wednesday, March 3, from 6:30 to 7:15 pm.
CD3 and CD5 Convention Dates Set
Minnesota Republican Congressional District conventions will be held in March.
The delegates and alternates elected in 2020 will continue to serve in that capacity for the upcoming convention. Watch for your convention call e-mail.
Congressional District 3 Convention, March 20th
10 am – via Zoom
Senate District 49 Delegates (32 allotted / 32 elected)
Senate District 49 1st Alternates (32 allotted / 31 elected)
Congressional District 5 Convention, March 24th
5 pm – via Zoom
Senate District 49 Delegates (6 allotted / 6 elected):
Senate District 49 Alternates (6 allotted / 6 elected)
The odd-numbered year conventions are not generally held for endorsing candidates for Congress, Minnesota constitutional officers, or state legislators. However, they are very important in ensuring the continuing strength and direction of the local and state Republican party. If you are a delegate or alternate to a congressional district convention, please attend and be heard.
Let Us Unite over Our Shared Experiences and Goals
Kendall Qualls conceded his race for US Congress in Minnesota’s Third Congressional District with the same grace that he campaigned.
He recently sent out the following note to his supporters:
“Thank you everyone for the overwhelming support over the course of my campaign. While we did not achieve the result that we wanted and worked for, I am honored and humbled by your support. I especially want to thank my loving wife Sheila – oh how far we’ve come.
“I never dreamed of calling myself a candidate for Congress. But the great thing about our country is that where you start your life is not where you have to stay in life.
“I also want to congratulate my opponent Dean Phillips. I wish him nothing but the best of luck as he continues to represent the Third Congressional District in Congress.
“In closing, please remember that we are all Americans. Let us move away from the dogma of division and unite over our shared experiences and goals.”
Our True Success
First, thank you so much for your support over these past months.
Unfortunately, we came up short.
But while we may have lost on Tuesday, our campaign was still a tremendous success. I would like to briefly touch on three major achievements that would never have been possible without your help.
First, we forcefully and unequivocally called out Ilhan Omar’s anti-Semitism and anti-American rhetoric. The importance of this cannot be understated: Her comments and the hate they represent have no place in our society. They must never become “normalized.” They can never go unchallenged. We must fight them. We must never let up.
Second, our block-by-block approach identified, equipped, and empowered new Republican activists in nearly every neighborhood in the district. For the first time, the Republican Party has a recognizable face for many voters. We are planting the seeds of long-term structural change that is essential to expanding the Republican Party among the Black community.
Third, and most importantly, we introduced my Opportunity Agenda to thousands of young people, many of whom have only been fed Democrat lies about who Republicans are and what we stand for. We campaigned on education and the empowerment of the individual. We talked passionately about the opportunities that can only come through the free enterprise system. We stressed the importance of strong families. I firmly believe we changed the lives of countless younger voters, just by telling the truth.
We may not have won the election, but I am tremendously proud of our campaign’s record of success. This was not just a November 3rd fight. This is a fight for the soul of our nation, and it is a fight that endures.
I will not be leaving politics, but my mission has changed. We don’t know all of the details yet, but know this: I will be dedicating my time to recruiting and supporting minority Republican candidates who are willing to take on the toughest fights and bring our message to the next generation. After this year, I know firsthand how important that effort is.
We’re just getting started. Stay tuned.
A Few Observations on 2020 Elections in Minnesota
Another election cycle has come to a close … almost.
As we publish, it appears that absentee ballots are still being counted. Final 2020 voting statistics are not final. However, the numbers that are available are worth considering. The following analysis is based on information from the MN Secretary of State[https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/election-results/].
Across Minnesota, 80% of the estimated eligible voters voted in the Presidential race. This is the highest turnout in Minnesota since 1956, when 83.1% of voters turned out. Contrast this to 2016, when the voter turnout was 74.7%.
In 2016, President Trump lagged Hillary Clinton 1.367 million votes to 1.323 million votes, less that 45,000 votes, or 1.5%. In that year, minor party candidates had 254,000 votes (8.6%). If President Trump had gotten even 25% of that minor party vote, he would have taken Minnesota.
This year, President Trump’s total went up, but former VP Biden went up by more. The Republican candidate lagged the Democrat candidate 1.484 million votes to 1.718 million votes, less than 234,000 votes (7.1%). The votes that went to minor parties and write-in votes in the 2016 Presidential race appeared to go primarily to the Democratic candidate. The minor party votes totaled only 76,288 votes (2.3%).
As the MPR News chart above shows, Biden led other Democrats down-ticket by a significant number. The minor parties that garnered 2.3% of the vote at the Presidential level had a bigger impact in the next tier races. In the Senate contest and the eight Congressional races, minor parties had 7.8% and 5.1% of the vote, respectively.
The estimated number of eligible voters has increased from 2016 to 2020 by 146,132 (4%). This is about a 1% increase from 2018, after a 2% jump from 2016 to 2018.
Minnesota voters have traditionally been more willing to vote both sides of a ballot. There was some evidence of this in the Qualls vote for Congress in the 3rd Congressional District. Kendall secured 44.3% in his contest, outperformed Trump by 5% and Lewis by 4.2%.
CLICK HERE to read observations of the voting results in SD49 and SD50