Reimnitz win caps improbable Minneapolis school board election

  • Article by: STEVE BRANDT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 9, 2012 - 8:32 PM

In Minneapolis, Josh Reimnitz, 26, defeated Patty Wycoff.

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ch1979Nov. 9, 12 4:32 PM

Mpls city employee told they cannot run for an office that JUST HAPPENS to have a candidate backed by the mayor. What are the odds?

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timothydfNov. 9, 12 4:33 PM

When a candidate urges people to give to other causes rather than her own campaign, she is either: 1) assuming she has the election won, or 2) not serious about wanting the job. Regardless of which one is true, the School Board is better for her having lost.

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mannyheadNov. 9, 12 5:11 PM

She doesn't work for the city! She is the Bryn Mawr Neighborhood Organizer which gets funding from donations only. She has way more experience with the school district having 2 kids in it. I think she got too late of a start. I would have preferred she won.

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nervectrNov. 9, 12 5:41 PM

Disgusting. I suppose it's nothing new that sacks of cash and friends in high places can buy an election. How sad, though, that our children's educations have to be subject to and impacted by this kind of political influence.

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nervectrNov. 9, 12 5:57 PM

Because he had only lived in the 4th District for a matter of weeks before filing, it might have been more appropriate to use his influential friends and piles of cash to run for the at-large position. I wonder why he didn't do that.... In any case, it's so inappropriate to say he understands the education concerns of the 4th District. He is a virtual stranger to the 4th District. In some elections you vote for someone because you feel strongly about them being the ideal candidate. In some elections, you vote against someone because they are wrong for the job. This was a case where my vote for Patty covered both scenarios.

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DufferHNov. 9, 12 6:44 PM

So now she can get back to laundry and cooking. Big deal. Ordinary people to that all the time.

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regularxNov. 9, 12 7:14 PM

I will be interested in seeing how much the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers contributed to her campaign. The MFT put out at least two mass mailings and funded paid call centers from Kansas to make phone calls on Wycoff's behalf.

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chico2469Nov. 9, 12 8:26 PM

Yay Josh! You are an excellent person, excellent executive director, and will make an excellent school board member!

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farcicalNov. 9, 12 8:58 PM

This is an absolute disgrace to local politics and professional educators. A School Board seat was bought and paid for with "outside" funding. Again, a NoDak kid with TWO years in an Atlanta classroom through TeachForAmerica and suspect test results decides to move to Mpls and run for School Board representing a district in which he has resided since May 2012. What a bunch of knuckleheads.

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mcharry12Nov. 9, 12 9:36 PM

I am not surprised that Mr. Rybek funded this candidate, being that he himself is a product of private schools. He is also person who does not send his own children to public schools. Teach for America has a lot of easy answers to difficult questions and Minneapolis Public Schools has a long history of buying into every trend that rolls into town. I guess we might as well watch our tax dollars pour into more idiocy as my children's class sizes increase with every year. (Seriously, 5 teacher observations per year?!) Glad this young man rolled into town a few weeks ago to bully veteran teachers and waste more tax dollars. Ironic that with such a progressive election a bonehead like this guy joins the school board. I am sure that his experience as being student body President of North Dakota State as well as his 2 years spent in the inner city will allow him to solve all of our problems.

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