Richfield School Board
There are seven candidates vying for three seats on the Richfield School Board this election. Three of the seven candidates are incumbents, hoping to be re-elected to their posts.
Click on the candidates names to learn more about them. (Asterisks denote incumbents):
- Sandy Belkengren (*)
- John Easterwood (*)
- David Lamberger (*)
- Christine Maleck
- Peter Toensing
- Brenda Biever
- Tim Pollis
Richfield's technology levy is set to expire at the end of the 2013-2014 school year, and the school board is hoping to not only renew the levy, but also get a small voter-approved increase.
There will be two questions on the ballot:
Question No. 1 asks voters if they wish to renew the existing levy at the same rate. If the renewal is approved it would be in place for the next 10 years. A renewal would not result in an increase in property taxes, but continues the property tax contribution, which is roughly $65 a year for the average home.
Question No. 2 asks voters if they would also approve an increase if Question No. 1 is approved. According to the district, if the increase is approved, property taxes would rise by approximately $44 per year on the average home.
See the exact language of the ballot questions and more in Richfield Patch's "Guide to the 2013 Richfield Schools Technology Levy" article.
Where do I vote?
Richfield is divided in to three wards, with nine polling precincts throughout the city. The following is a list of polling locations:
Precinct 1: Mount Calvary Education, 6541 16th Ave. S.
Precinct 2: St. Peter's Catholic Church, 6720 Nicollet Ave. S.
Precinct 3: Sheridan Hills Elementary School, 6400 Sheridan Ave. S.
Precinct 4: St. Richard's Catholic Church, 7540 Penn Ave. S.
Precinct 5: Richfield Middle School, 7461 Oliver Ave. S.
Precinct 6: Central School, 7145 Harriet Ave. S.
Precinct 7: Hope Presbyterian Church (education facility), 7132 Portland Ave. S.
Precinct 8: Richfield S.T.E.M. School, 7020 12th Ave. S.
Precinct 9: Centennial Elementary School, 7315 Bloomington Ave. S.
A ward and precinct map has been attached in the photo box above. To find your precinct, visit the Minnesota Secretary of State website at sos.state.mn.us and click on "Elections & Voting" and then on "Find Polling Place."
All nine Richfield precinct locations are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
While Minnesota doesn't offer early voting, absentee voting began on Friday, Sept. 20.
There are four reasons to vote absentee:
1. If you will be absent on Election Day.
2. If you are ill or disabled.
3. If you are an election judge in another precinct.
4. If you will be observing a religious holiday.
See all the details on how to vote in Patch's "How to Vote Absentee for the 2013 Election" article.
For more information on voting or elections in Richfield, visit the Voter Services page on the City of Richfield website.
Some have told us how they feel about the candidates and the proposed levy in blogs and on boards:
- Support Richfield Schools Technology Levy by bdevlin;
- School Board Election by Jennifer Behnke;
- School Technology Levy by joe.
To share your voice on Patch, click here.
Other related articles on Richfield Patch:
- Guide to 2013 Richfield Schools Technology Levy
- Candidates for Richfield School Board Race Finalized
- School Board Members Undecided About Election
- League of Women Voters Showcases School Board Candidates Saturday
- No Richfield School Board Candidates from City's Northern, Western Sections
Editor's Note: This article was originally published Oct. 18, 2013 and has been updated as new articles regarding the election have been written.