School District Election 2023
The School Board is responsible for the conduct of all district elections. Voting information and records, including campaign finance reports and information about past elections, are included below.
School Board Election 2023
The 2023 School Board election will take place Tuesday, Nov. 7. Four of the seven at-large positions on the School Board of Independent School District 196 are up for election. The terms of Joel Albright, Sachin Isaacs, Cory Johnson, and Jackie Magnuson expire Jan. 1, 2024. The term of each open position is four years, from January 2024 to January 2028.
Unofficial District 196 School Board election results will be available sometime after 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 7 on the Secretary of State’s website.
The School Board is responsible for developing policy to ensure the proper care, management and control of district affairs, and supporting the district’s mission of “Educating, developing, and inspiring our students for lifelong success.”
Who is running?
Twelve residents of Independent School District 196 filed candidacy for the School Board during the two-week filing period that ended Aug. 15 and will vie for four open seats in the Nov. 7, 2023 School Board election.
The 12 candidates (in alpha order) are Craig Angrimson of Apple Valley, Kim Bauer of Apple Valley, Melissa Field of Lakeville, Leah Gardner of Eagan, Sachin Isaacs of Burnsville, Cory Johnson of Eagan, Jackie Magnuson of Rosemount, Charles McCready of Apple Valley, Teressa Schlueter of Apple Valley, Gina Swaney of Apple Valley, Lori Urkiel of Rosemount, and Anna Williams of Eagan. Gardner announced Aug. 29 and McCready on Sept. 7 that they were withdrawing from the race; however, their names will still appear on the ballot because their decisions were made after the Aug. 17 deadline to officially withdraw.
The terms of current board members Isaacs, Johnson, Magnuson and Joel Albright expire Jan. 1, 2024. The term of all four open positions is four years, from January 2024 to January 2028.
Absentee voting for the Nov. 7 School Board election will begin Sept. 22. Voters do not need a reason to vote by absentee ballot. Absentee ballots can be completed by mail or in person at the Dakota County Western Service Center in Apple Valley, the Dakota County Northern Service Center in West St. Paul, and the Dakota County Administration Center in Hastings. District residents who do not live in Rosemount or Apple Valley may also vote absentee in person at the District Office. Because Rosemount and Apple Valley are having city elections, Rosemount voters may vote absentee at Rosemount City Hall and Apple Valley voters may vote absentee at the Apple Valley Municipal Center. To absentee vote by mail, voters may download an application from the district website and mail the completed application as directed in the application materials. Direct balloting (early voting) will be offered at the three county government buildings starting Oct. 20. Voters can also cast their ballot on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023, at their designated polling location. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. To find out where you vote in this election, go to www.mnvotes.org.
The League of Women Voters of Dakota County will hold a candidate forum Sept. 13 at Rosemount City Hall. The forum will be recorded and available to view afterward on the District 196 YouTube channel and other locations.
Voting Begins September 22
Voters can cast their ballot on Election Day at their designated school district polling place, by absentee ballot beginning Sept. 22, or through early in-person direct voting beginning October 20. More about voting can be found on our Voting Information page.
Absentee voting begins Sept. 22. Voters do not need a reason to vote by absentee ballot. Absentee ballots can be completed by mail or in person at the the Dakota County Administration Center in Hastings, the Dakota County Western Service Center in Apple Valley, or the Dakota County Northern Service Center in West St. Paul. Additionally, Rosemount residents may complete an absentee ballot in person at Rosemount City Hall; Apple Valley residents may complete an absentee ballot in person at the Apple Valley Municipal Center; and other District residents may complete an absentee ballot in person at the District 196 Office (due to concurrent city elections, absentee ballots for Rosemount and Apple Valley residents are not available at the District Office). Specific addresses and hours of operation can be found on our Voting Information page.
To absentee vote by mail, voters may download an application and mail the completed application as directed in the application materials. Once an application is received and processed, an absentee ballot will be mailed to the voter along with instructions for completing and returning their ballot in the postage-paid envelope that is provided with the ballot. If the person applying for an absentee ballot is not registered to vote, a voter registration application will be mailed with the absentee ballot and the completed voter registration application should be returned along with the ballot. Voter registration can also be completed online at www.mnvotes.org.
Early In-Person Voting
"Early voting" will be offered Tuesday, Oct. 20 through Monday, Nov. 6 at the Dakota County government center locations in Apple Valley, Hastings and West St. Paul. When using early voting, voters complete an absentee ballot application but are then able to cast a ballot and feed it directly into the voting machine at the county. The specific addresses and hours of operation can be found on our Voting Information page.