Rochester School Board candidate steps back

September 17, 2018

A candidate in one of Rochester’s four school board races has stopped campaign efforts.

Dwight Ferguson, who was challenging board incumbent Jean Marvin, cited health concerns for suspending his campaign in a written notice to friends and family.

“After recent discussions with our family and health-care professionals, it has become clear to us that it’s no longer possible for me to be focusing on the election or to serve on the board if elected,” he wrote.

“This was a difficult decision for us, but it’s the right one,” he added.

With the race already underway, Ferguson’s name will remain on the Nov. 6 general election ballot, along with Marvin’s, for seat 5 race in the Rochester School District.

Marvin said she will likely scale back campaign efforts but still plans to put up some yard signs, which have already been purchased. She also said she will distribute flyers and work to update Rochester residents on her goals.

“I’m really pleased with continuing to meet with people and talk to them about what the school board does,” she said, noting she has also reached out to Ferguson to see if his perspective on district concerns could help shape future board decisions.

“I respect that he wanted to run,” she said.

Marvin did note the final words of Ferguson’s announcement appear to indicate he’d be willing to fill the seat if he wins without an active campaign.

“If elected, I will serve, and serve at the will of the residents of Rochester,” he wrote.

Ferguson could not be reached for further comment.

Three other races for school board are also be on the Nov. 6 ballot.

John Eischen is challenging incumbent Julie Workman for seat 4.

In seat 2, Melissa Amundsen is running against Bruce Kaskubar, and Cathy Nathan and Greg Gallas are vying for seat 6. The incumbents in seats 2 and 6 are not seeking re-election.

While each school board seat is voted on districtwide, candidates file for specific races.

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