Candidate Q&A: Red Wing School Board
Red Wing residents will vote in the first contested School Board election since 2010 this November. The elections in 2012 and 2014 saw the number of School Board candidates equal the amount of open board positions.
The four current board members with expiring terms — Mike Christensen, Janie Farrar, Heidi Jones and Mark Ryan — are seeking re-election.
Tim Hudacek, Brett Olmsted and Pam Roe have joined them on the ballot.
When citizens enter the voting booth Nov. 8 or fill out an absentee ballot, they will be able to cast four votes in the school election because all candidates run for at-large positions.
Below you will find a list of the candidates with links to responses to questions asked by the RE:
Address: 29883 Lakeview Ave.
Occupation: E-Recycling supervisor
Education: Economics degree from Eastern Illinois University
Family: Married to Kay, children Max and Alex
Civic involvement: Kiwanis, School Board director, promoter of Red Wing as a great place to live and grow
Address: 2663 Ridge View Court
Occupation: Homemaker & community volunteer
Education: BA, political science & public relations from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Family: Husband Dave, 4 children: Nathan, 14, Andrew, 12, Luke, 9, Elizabeth, 6
Civic involvement: Red Wing Public Schools Foundation Board current member; YMCA Board current member; 2011-12 leader of annual Support Campaign; 2012 Blandin Community Leadership Program participant; 2014 Red Wing Schools Facilities Task Force; member of Cornerstone Community Church; Elementary PAC (past chair), United Way volunteer, referendum volunteer, chartered Red Wing MOPS group.
Address: 150 Spring Creek Road S.
Occupation: Substitute teacher/paraprofessional with Teachers On Call; small-business owner of Midwest Tax Pros, LLC; on-call banquet server/bartender, St. James Hotel
Education: Associate in Arts Degree, Fond-du-Lac Tribal & Community College, Minnesota, 1992; Bachelor of Science, hospitality & tourism management, University of Wisconsin-Stout, 1994; Master of Business Administration, Keller Graduate School of Management of DeVry University, Ilinois, 2011; Master of Arts in Education, St. Mary’s University, Minnesota
Family: Married with wife and five children
Civic Involvement: Tax aid volunteer for AARP, Red Wing; former Twin Bluff Middle School Lego League administrator/coach volunteer; former youth baseball coach, Hastings.
Address: 3375 Wallace Lane
Occupation: Community volunteer
Education: B.A. government; online computer courses
Family: Husband Steve and three sons
Civic involvement: Minnesota School Boards Association Board of Directors; pro-school referendum committees, 2016 & 2008; city of Red Wing Advisory Planning Commission, Charter Commission (past chair), Red Wing Public Library Board (past chair); League of Women Voters Red Wing (past chair); Red Wing Diversity Festival; lector and eucharist minister at Church of St. Joseph; Women’s Network’s Red Wing Women’s Hall of Fame 2016 and American Association of University Women Citizen of the Year 2016.
Address: 4224 Griffin St.
Occupation: sales associate at Red Wing Chevrolet
Education: Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Family: wife Kait and two kids, Gwen (2) and Kane (1)
Civic involvement: Visiting veterans at nursing homes, participating in Support our Troops by distributing care packages.
Address: 4794 Mount Hood Lane
Occupation: Social Worker/bereavement And Volunteer Coordinator, Mayo Clinic Health System-Red Wing Hospice and past school social worker in Robbinsdale, Rochester and Goodhue County Education District
Education: Master’s degree in social work, University of St. Thomas; bachelor’s from Luther College
Family: Husband Greg and three children: Emma, eighth-grader at Red Wing High School; Allison, sixth-grader at Twin Bluff Middle School; Adam, fourth-grader at Burnside Elementary School
Civic Involvement: Red Wing Amateur Hockey Association board member; Girls on the Run board member; Stephen leader/minister at United Lutheran Church, past congregational president and member of pastoral call committee, worship and praise band member, member of finance committee for new building project; “Women Build” Habitat for Humanity team member; volunteer for Red Wing Public Schools and past member of the Parent Advisory Council Executive Board.
Address: 1325 S Park St.
Occupation: Retired middle school science teacher; retired chief petty officer U.S. Navy
Education: BS, forestry sciences, University of Washington; MS education, University of Minnesota; PhD, curriculum and instruction, U of M; certificate in professional development leadership, National Board Certified Teacher 2000-2010
Family: Wife Marilyn, adult children Graham and Kim
Civic involvement: Current member of Red Wing School Board, completing first term. Representing board on Mayor’s Taskforce on Sidewalks, Safe Routes to Schools and the Hunger Free Kids Network and Equity committees under Every Hand Joined. Prior member of Red Wing City Council, member of Energy subcommittee to Planning Commission, Boy Scout leader in several capacities, youth softball and football coach, soccer referee and coach in YMCA’s inaugural soccer program.