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The League of Women Voters of Dakota County is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences policy through education and advocacy. We meet monthly and also host candidate forums, issue forums, and other events of interest to the community. Please attend one of our meetings or contact us for more information!


Voters in School District 197 will be asked to go to the polls on Tuesday, November 7, 2023, to elect four school board members, vote on a capital project technology levy renewal, and vote on a new operating levy.

Absentee voting begins on September 22, 2023. Any voter may vote absentee—you do not need a reason. Find more School District 197 voter information here.

View the ISD School Board Candidate forum on the League of Women Voters Dakota County YouTube channel here .

Twelve residents of Independent School District 196 filed candidacy for the School Board during the two-week filing period that ended Aug. 15 and will vie for four open seats in the Nov. 7, 2023 School Board election.

The 12 candidates (in alpha order) are Craig Angrimson of Apple Valley, Kim Bauer of Apple Valley, Melissa Field of Lakeville, Leah Gardner of Eagan, Sachin Isaacs of Burnsville, Cory Johnson of Eagan, Jackie Magnuson of Rosemount, Charles McCready of Apple Valley, Teressa Schlueter of Apple Valley, Gina Swaney of Apple Valley, Lori Urkiel of Rosemount, and Anna Williams of Eagan.

Voters can cast their ballot on Election Day at their designated school district polling place, by absentee ballot beginning Sept. 22, or through early in-person direct voting beginning October 20. More about voting can be found here.

Because of the large number of candidates, the forum was broken into two. Links to both forum videos can be found on the League of Women Voters Dakota County YouTube channel here.

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