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Voter Frustration Could Play Out In School Board Races: An Interview


A lot is at stake for education in the Washoe County School District. Four out of seven school board seats are up for grabs, and a measure on the November ballot proposes to raise hundreds of millions to help alleviate school overcrowding. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray sits down with a local political scientist who says voter frustration could play into these races.

Political scientist Fred Lokken is with Truckee Meadows Community College. He says the large pool of candidates demonstrates the public’s dissatisfaction with the school board after years of controversies and turmoil.

“There is an anger level and this is the election about anger isn’t it? We’re hearing about it at the national level; we’re certainly seeing it in this race,” Lokken says.

To hear from the candidates themselves, there are public forums this week in Reno. The forums are Wednesday, June 8th (Districts A and D) and Thursday, June 9th (Districts E and G) on the UNR campus in Room 100 of the Jot Travis Building. To learn more, click here.


Anh is a contributing editor for the KUNR news team and has been with the station since 2014. She is an alumna of the Boston University School of Public Health and Teachers College, Columbia University.
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