Stark school board candidates on masks, CRT, more

Meet the candidates for Stark County school boards.

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Meet the candidates for Stark County school boards.

School boards in Stark County and nationally have become targets of parents’ passionate pleas over the emotionally charged topics of mask mandates, COVID-19 vaccines and critical race theory. 

State election watchers say the social issues have spurred more candidates to compete in Ohio school board races this year, with the number of school board candidates doubling this election compared to the 2017 election. More than half of the 2,628 school board candidates seeking election are newcomers.

But not so much in Stark County. Only five of the 20 Stark County school board races on the Nov. 2 election ballot are contested. And most of the candidates in those contested races say that the hot-button topics weren’t the primary reason for seeking a position on the five-member, nonpartisan boards.

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