Hello again friends.  I am proud to announce that I just filed my affidavit of candidacy to run for another term on the ISD 196 board of education.  My decision was an easy one. Everywhere I go I am asked by citizens, teachers, and administrators if I am coming back to the school board. People like my openness and willing to listen, my decision making, and my dedication to this great district. When I did file, I was greeted by smiles of colleagues glad to see me and catch up. If I win, I will continue where I left off visiting schools on fridays, never miss a meeting as my past practice shows, and continue to advocate for classes to help our students have a pathway to enter the trades if that is their desire.

Everyone has the right to learn!!!

   This Bio is from 2018 but I will leave it up as it tells a little about me.
  I am Craig Angrimson and am asking for your vote as your representative on the 196 school board. I have served my country with the United States Marine Corps, been president of local 35- IUOE for three years, served on labor/management board with metropolitan council, chair of safety committee with same, involved with Eastview band fund-raising and co chair the security team for one of the biggest band festivals in the states for four years, and coached traveling softball.  Also, in 2015, I chaired the all night senior party on graduation night for over 400 seniors who attended.  We ran this with a great support staff, and were able to have the lowest starting ticket prices in town ($65). This was so on budget, that we were able to contribute back to the Eastview Community Scholarship Fund!

My wife Gail and I moved to district 196 thirty one years ago, because of the high standards of arts and academics offered. We had no children at the time, but knew we would have a family some day. I am now the proud father of a 26 year old daughter- Rachel, who graduated from Eastview High School, and also graduated from Mn State Mankato with her teaching degree.  Her senior year at Eastview, she was awarded one of 16 student of the year(out of 506 students).  At Mankato, she earned her degree in elementary education with a minor in Spanish.  She now has her masters degree.  She just finished her third year as a first grade teacher at highland elementary in our district.

I have experience to help this district. For three years, I was a leader as a union president for IUOE local 35. I also am  a member of the St. Paul Labor Federation, Labor/management committees with the Metropolitan Council,many activities at Eastview High School, including running security for their huge annual marching band festival.  I also have many contacts not only on a local level, but in St Paul also. During the last two years I have served as a board member on the Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission, which sets budget and rules for Minnesota amateur athletes.
During my 4 years as your board member,  I visited all of our 31 schools at least 3 times, while still working my regular job.  I have served on wellness, budget, legislative, curriculum, and equity committees. I consider this job as your board member an honor, and I give it the respect it deserves. 

 One of the things I am proud to say is that I make every effort to respond back to all people who reach out to me as your board member.  Many of you will attest to this.  These decisions we make are very difficult, with many valid point on all sides.  I like to hear all variables, then base my vote on many factors, including citizen response.  

I would be honored to serve again as your board member.

Craig Angrimson
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