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Osseo School Board

MRLF backs four for Osseo schools

MRLF’s endorsed candidates include
Sizi Goyah, Cindy Shevlin-Woodcock, Kelsey Dawson Walton, and, for special election, Jackie Mosqueda-Jones

From the Minneapolis Labor Review, October 26, 2018

By Steve Share, Minneapolis Labor Review editor

MAPLE GROVE — The Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO has endorsed four candidates for election to the board of the Osseo Area Schools (ISD 279) in the November 6 election.

The MRLF’s North Suburban Advisory Council screened the candidates and recommended the endorsements.

The MRLF endorsement is the AFL- CIO endorsement.

For a four-year term from January 2019 to January 2023, the MRLF endorsed Sizi Goyah (sizigoyah.com), Cindy Shevlin-Woodcock (cindyfor279.org), and Kelsey Dawson Walton (kelseyforosseo.com). All three MRLF-endorsed candidates would be newcomers to the board.

A total of ten candidates will be on the ballot, with the top three winning election.

Goyah is an Education Minnesota member and has been a math teacher for seven years at Brooklyn Center High.

The November 6 ballot also will include a special election for Osseo school board at large, to fill a vacancy created by a resignation. For this race, for a term ending January 2021, the MRLF has endorsed Jackie Mosqueda-Jones (facebook.com/groups/Jackiemojo279).

Mosqueda-Jones also is an Education Minnesota member. For the past seven years, she has taught at North Park Elementary in the Columbia Heights school district. Prior to her current position, she taught for 12 years in the Osseo School District in Early Childhood and Family Education.

This race is a two-candidate race, including an incumbent who chose to file for the special election contest.

The Osseo Area Schools serve about 20,000 students who live in parts of Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Maple Grove, Osseo, Plymouth, Corcoran, Dayton and Rogers.

“Here we have a chance, with four openings, to elect school board members who will focus on supporting students, focus on supporting their learning environment and staff’s working environment,” commented Kelly Wilson, president of the district’s teacher’s union, Education Minnesota-Osseo.|

“It’s also a chance to have the board represent the whole district,” Wilson noted. “Right now there are six at-large [school board members] and five of those school board members live in Maple Grove.”

“Even though 52 percent of our school families live in Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park, they don’t have representation on the board,” Wilson said.

Of the MRLF-endorsed candidates, Goyah and Shevlin-Woodcock live in Brooklyn Park, while Walton and Mosqueda-Jones live in Maple Grove.

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