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February 22, 2013

2013 Madison School Election Intrigue (Public!)

Matthew DeFour:

The top vote-getter in Tuesday's Madison School Board primary said Friday she ran for the seat knowing she might not be able to serve out her term because her husband was applying for graduate school in other states.

Sarah Manski, who dropped out of the race Thursday, said she mentioned those concerns to School Board member Marj Passman, who Manski said encouraged her to run. Passman told her it wouldn't be a problem if she had to resign her seat because the board would "appoint somebody good," Manski said.

Passman vigorously denied encouraging Manski to run or ever knowing about her husband's graduate school applications. After learning about Manski's statement from the State Journal, Passman sent an email to other School Board members saying "I had no such conversation with her."

"It's sad to believe that this kind of a person came close to being elected to one of the most important offices in our city," Passman wrote in the email, which she also forwarded to the State Journal.

Manski said in response "it's possible (Passman) didn't remember or it's possible it's politically inconvenient for her to remember."

I am pleased and astonished that substantive questions are being raised by our local media.....

Posted by Jim Zellmer at February 22, 2013 9:38 PM
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