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CM – Vue, Foster retains seats on the St. Paul School Board

Two current board members running without the support of the teachers’ union were the top two voters in Tuesday’s double races for four seats on the St. Paul School Committee.

Board chairwoman Jeannie Foster won the special election for one two-year tenure against Clayton Howatt. She held 57 percent of the total when the votes of 93 out of 95 places in town were tallied.

And with 24 percent of the vote in a six-way race, Jim Vue won his first four-year tenure a year after he did won his own special election.

In January, 27-year-old Halla Henderson and 30-year-old Uriah Ward will join them on the board.

Foster, 48, has been on the board since Marny Xiong passed away Year to COVID-19 CEO. She has missed meetings lately as she is recovering herself from a coronavirus infection that she briefly hospitalized.

Instead of running for a second full term, Foster opted for that on the last day of candidate registration two-year special election for Steve Marchese’s term after moving to Seattle; The chairman of the board, Yusef Carrillo, has held this seat since April, but did not run for election.

Since she was late in the race, Foster ran without any major recommendations. Her opponent Howatt was supported by the St. Paul Federation of Educators, the St. Paul DFL Party and Mayor Melvin Carter.

The election came when the board was considering a proposal from Superintendent Joe Gothard to set up eight schools next fall to close and evict 9 percent of the district’s students. Foster supports the plan, Howatt does not.

Howatt, 46, successfully tried to save the Galtier Elementary from closure in 2016. Now Galtier is to be closed again if the consolidation plan is successful.

However, after the vote next week, the board will be reduced to only six members. Foster has to slide from her current seat to the two-year position, leaving a vacancy until the new board members take office in January.

The consolidation plan needs four votes to pass and the new board members seem to be of no help as both Henderson and Ward oppose it.

Henderson, a political director for the Minnesota Youth Council, followed Vue with 22 percent of the vote in the six-way race.

Fourth place went to 23-year-old James Farnsworth, elected by the Legislature in March to represent East Metro on the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents. He had 19 percent of the vote.

Also at the start were Jennifer McPherson with 10 percent and Ryan Williams with 4 percent

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