DJ Dondelinger announces candidacy for Brainerd School Board

There are seven candidates running for three four-year seats on the Brainerd School Board.

DJ Dondelinger
DJ Dondelinger

BRAINERD — DJ Dondelinger officially announced his candidacy in a news release Tuesday, Aug. 16.

Dondelinger is one of seven candidates running for three four-year seats on the Brainerd School Board.

“Our district prides itself on opportunity, innovation and success. While we see dips in the progress, values and standards across Minnesota, it is critical that we uphold and improve upon the benchmarks we have for our schools in Brainerd,” Dondelinger said in the news release.

Dondelinger grew up in Brainerd, where he and his wife, Kris, graduated from Brainerd High School. He is active in his community and owns Dondelinger Chevrolet and Northpoint Aviation, which has offered aviation classes for BHS students since 2014.

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Dondelinger served as a board member on the Mount Ski Gull Board for 10 years, two as president.


The Dondelingers have two children, Max and Mackenzie, who both graduated from BHS.

“District 181 is losing students and quality teachers at an alarming rate and we can’t just sit back and watch,” Dondelinger wrote in the release. “It is time we get back to the basics. We must support our BHS teachers, empower parents, and provide the students with the education they deserve.”

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