In early October Jen Holweger resigned from her position as a member of the ISD 191 Board of Education. Because the vacancy occurred less than 90 days prior to the November general election, the Board was unable to call a special election to fill the vacancy in November. The Board accepted applications through November 6 from those seeking to be appointed to fill the vacancy until a special election can be held. The applicants are Suad (Sue) Said and Brandon Neuerburg, each of whom reside in Burnsville. Ms. Said was one of five candidates who sought to be elected to one of three available at-large seats on the Board during the November general election, and received 15% of the vote. Mr. Neuerburg is a sales manager at a local refrigeration business and a longtime volunteer sports coach. Ms. Said is a workforce development representative at a state agency and is a parent volunteer at Gideon Pond Elementary School.
On November 17 the Board interviewed the applicants during a special meeting:
The Board intends to appoint one of the applicants to fill the vacancy at its meeting scheduled for December 10. Pursuant to state law, the appointment would become effective after 30 days unless a petition is filed to reject the appointee bearing the signatures of individuals eligible to vote comprising at least 5% of the number of people who voted within the district in the most recent state general election. 5% of those who voted in the November general election would be approximately 3,088 individuals. Two new Board members elected during the November general election, Anna Werb and Toni Conner, will also start serving in 2021, while Vice Chair Eric Miller will begin serving his second term.
The Board may call a special election to be held as soon as February 9, 2021. However, based on discussions during its October 8, 2020 meeting, Board members appear to be inclined to call a special election to be held on the latest permissible date, which is November 2, 2021. The candidate elected during the special election will serve the remainder of the term of the now-vacant seat, which ends in January 2023. More information is available via this Savage Pacer article and via ISD 191's website.