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Brainerd School Board adds another candidate

Nisswa resident Bill Cruz announced his intentions to run for Brainerd School Board, filing for candidacy on Monday, one day before filings close.

Involved in the school district for five years, most recently as an educational assistant at Nisswa Elementary School, Cruz said he wants to join the school board for the children and the community.

“I want to go back to basics,” said the father of five, two of whom are still in the district. “I want to get our students ready for the world.

“I have a conservative attitude toward things. I think we need to challenge what we’ve been doing the last 25 years.”

Owner of Adirondack, a coffee shop in Nisswa, Cruz is currently a full-time student at Central Lakes College working toward his associates in applied science and early education degree before looking at taking that next step in earning his bachelors degree in teaching.

He said if elected, he wants to help the parents be more informed of what the schools are doing and wants to take care of the children first and foremost.

“I want to support the children and students in the schools,” said the 47-year-old. “Not necessarily support just the schools but it’s the children in them that I want to work for.”

Sue Kern, Robert Passi, Kari Green, Sally Jacobsen, Bruce McComas, Maurice Olson and Bob Nystrom also have filed for the school board election.

Jim Hunt, Reed Campbell and Kent Montgomery have terms that expire on Dec. 31, 2012. Hunt announced that he will not run for re-election. Campbell and Montgomery have not filed for re-election or announced their intentions to run.

Candidates can file for school board election through Tuesday, Aug. 14, with the general election conducted on Nov. 6. Affidavits of candidacy are available at the school district office at 804 Oak St. The filing fee is $2 and candidates must be 21 years of age or more on assuming office date, must have been a district resident for 30 days before the general election and must have no other affidavit on file for any other office in the same general election.

JESSI PIERCE, staff writer, may be reached at 855-5859 or Follow her on Twitter at (@jessi_pierce).