Twelve candidates are vying for four open seats on the Eastern Carver County School Board this election season — and one group is running together in hopes of snagging them all.

In an unusual arrangement, Joe Scott, Dean Waymire, Svetlana Kolesnikova and Greg Petrie are running together — under the catchy name Four4112 — in hopes of capitalizing on the criticism school boards have faced in recent years over everything from mask mandates during the COVID pandemic to equity initiatives.