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I'm sure there are some people that know that I have decided to run for District 112 School Board. I made this decision in November.

In 2019, I joined and was a leader with ROAR (Residents Organizing Against Racism). Instead of standing back and allowing racism to continue we took action.

Also in 2019, I joined the Equity Advisory Council for the District and joined the Parent Advisory Council at Chaska High School. I joined both councils because I do not believe in constantly bringing problems to the table, I love solutions. Also, I felt like I needed to be more involved to get a better understanding of things that were going on in our district.

I admit that I was a parent who was upset with the Chaska High School principal. I started having conversations with the principal and staff, I have volunteered for many activities at the high school. I believe in communicating and growing relationships.

Before and after the failure of the referendum last November, I started having conversations with people that voted no for the referendum and some of those conversations continue today.

I went out into the community and started having conversations with community members. I volunteered at the second Marnita's Table event and went through one of the trainings. I have always held the door open for conversation and have kept my word.

After the death of George Floyd I was asked to come out and have difficult conversations about race and life in general. These conversations may have been difficult, but they have also been meaningful.

Most of what I have been doing has been going on before I decided to run for school board, and it will continue if I'm elected or not. I believe in building bridges and having a strong community.

Dontá Hughes


Community Editor

Mark Olson, the Chaska and Chanhassen community editor who has worked in Carver County for 20 years, makes any excuse to write about local history. In his spare time, Mark enjoys perusing old books, watching blockbusters and taking Midwest road trips.


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