Vote in your local school board election

School board elections are being held across Iowa today. Get out and vote, even if you don't have kids in school. All property tax payers have an interest in effective management of school district funds, and all citizens should be concerned about the quality of public education.

Some school board races are hotly contested, as in Des Moines where eight candidates, including three incumbents, are seeking three seats.

Other races are boring. The two incumbents on the West Des Moines school board have no challengers on the ballot, but I went to vote for them anyway. I don't want some stealth candidate from the religious right winning a seat with 50 write-in votes.

If you're reading this at work, it should only take you a few minutes to vote on the way home today. (As of 10:00 am, just five people had voted in my precinct.) Or, if you're reading this at home, zip out to vote before or after dinner.

If you're not happy with the leadership of your local school district, consider throwing your hat in the ring for the next school board election.  

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