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Spring 2022 Eau Claire School Board Candidate Forum

February 4, 2022

Forum held for school board candidates ahead of February 15th primary

The seven candidates for the Eau Claire Area School Board participated in a forum hosted at Memorial High School on January 31st. Since there are more than two candidates per seat, there will be a primary needed on February 15th to narrow it down to six candidates. The candidates for school board include Corey Cronrath, Nicole Everson, Stephanie Farrar, Josh Ingersoll, and Melissa Winter as well as incumbents Marquell Johnson and current school board president Tim Nordin.

One of the questions candidates received ahead of the forum pertained to a potential referendum in November. While the referendum in question is still being planned, items on it may include maintenance to the school or additions to existing buildings to increase capacity. Candidates Corey Cronrath, Nicole Everson, Josh Ingersoll, and Melissa Winter stated they wouldn’t outright support the referendum without knowing what it would include, and getting input from the community would be important in addressing where priorities are. Candidates Stephanie Farrar, Marquell Johnson, and Tim Nordin all expressed they would support the potential referendum and that increased spending for the district would help address areas of concern such as overdue maintenance and capacity due to the growing population. No candidate expressed opposition to a potential referendum.

The candidates answered several other questions including explaining the process they use to make important decisions, to describe a time where they disagreed with a decision made by someone else, and a time when a statement or position they had made was misinterpreted. The candidates also answered several written questions which you can access hereA full recording can also be found hereFor more information on each candidate for school board, the Chamber has created a directory of the candidates which can be accessed here.  Early voting started on February 1st and ends on February 11th at the Eau Claire City Hall through a modified drive-through process. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday from 10am-4pm. Additionally, absentee ballots can be dropped off at City Hall or at your polling place or can be returned via mail. Completed absentee ballots must be received by 8pm on election day. Go to myvote.wi for more information on how to register to vote and where to vote. The primary for the Eau Claire Area School Board as well as for District 9 and 18 of the Eau Claire County Board will be held on February 15th and the general election will be on April 5th.

More Information
Forum Program (Eau Claire Area School District)
School Board candidate forum recording (Eau Claire Area School District)
EC School Board candidate information (Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce)
Eau Claire School Board and County Board Districts 9 and 18 Primary to be held on February 15th (Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce)
Eau Claire school board candidates touch on referendum at public forum (Leader-Telegram $)
ECASD Board candidates speak to voters at forum (WEAU 13 News)
School Board candidates: what they want for Eau Claire education​ (WQOW News 18)

Posted by Danya Morman, Governmental Affairs Intern


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