Two former candidates for Rochester school board have been spotted at recent board meetings and both confirmed plans to run again this fall.
Michael Resman and Richard Hinds are the two candidates who have already thrown their hats into the ring. Current board members Sandra Soltis, Diane Hermann Blakley, Fred Daly and Mechelle Severson are up for re-election.
Soltis said she is planning on ruling out another run. Hermann Blakley is leaning against running again, Severson said she hasn't ultimately decided but wouldn't be opposed to not running again and Daly has chosen to not disclose his intentions at this time.
Both Resman and Hinds ran for Breanna Bly's seat in 2008, with Resman falling second with 25 percent of the vote and Hinds finishing fifth with about 11 percent of the vote. Bly, who was reelected, received 39 percent.
This time around, Resman will run for the seat currently held by Fred
Resman in 2008 received the endorsement of the Rochester Education Association and worked for many years with Rochester public schools and has popularity among teachers from his work at the REA negotiating table. (He has since retired.)
Resman, a Quaker, has also grabbed local headlines with his pamphlet, “Special Education as a Spiritual Journey." According to a 2007 P-B story, he believes that that during funerals he has seen the souls of former students
ascend to heaven, but he doesn't talk about those experiences while in the school buildings.
"If you were to talk with people in the (school) building, I think they
would know that I lead a religious life, but I don’t talk about these
experiences there. I think you’d get a variety of reactions, some of
which are, “Is this guy nuts?" I mean, that would be a pretty typical
reaction, a total rejection of it. Except among my own religious peers, I
live a double life," he told a P-B reporter.
Hinds, meanwhile, will run for the seat currently held by Hermann Blakley.
Hinds, who works in respiratory therapy at Mayo Clinic, has said his up-bringing in
an underprivileged, single-parent family in North Dakota has given him the desire to run. “Education was
virtually all I had," he told the P-B in 2008.
Jeff Kennelly, the only other candidate in 2008 to receive the REA's
endorsement, has said he is not interested in running again.