Thanks for all the backing and support given to me on my run in 2013.  I am getting involved in district activities and already have much support for a run in 2015.  More to follow!!!

 It Is Time To Freshen Up Our School Board
  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, co 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, last year, 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 twenty three years ago, due to the 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 an 18 year old daughter- Rachel, who recently graduated from Eastview High School, and is attending Mn State Mankato to earn an elementary education degree. She was also awarded one of 16 student of the year awards. This was out of 506 graduates. I have seen our board try to keep a balanced budget, which is difficult due to hard fiscal times as a state. Now they are asking for a $180m bond renewal, which is unfortunately necessary.  If we want to keep our high standards, we must sacrifice a bit.  Even though I no longer have a student in the district, I believe strongly in it. Our staff is amazing throughout the entire 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. If elected, everyday people will have a voice in the district. You can contact me, and we will discuss your issues. I will never just give lip service. If I say I will do something, it will happen. I am a man of my word, as anyone who knows me will attest to.

My goal is to improve our districts financial situation, and also take care of our biggest asset-educators. The district has asked for money in the last three elections, yet they say our taxes are less than they were seven years ago. Sounds like an area that needs addressing to me.   I also will strive to narrow the achievement gap, and make the tough decisions needed to not continually need to ask for more money thru levies and bonds.   I believe our district is in ok shape, but by being elected, I will bring new ideas, a new look on old problems. I have proven my leadership qualities through the school district, and I will not be a rubber stamp.  If there is something that I think needs fixing, I will seek to get resolution. I also have experience in construction and real estate, so this will help us with capital project expenditures.  People are already emailing me with concerns, which I followed up on. Call or email with concerns. Thank you for your support.

Craig Angrimson
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