Tribune Opinion: Mary Amon, Randy Frederickson and Jay Lawton should be re-elected to Willmar School Board

The incumbents have the best experience to assist in the major decisions facing the Willmar School Board over the next several years.

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The Willmar School Board has three openings and the top three receiving votes will serve. The candidates are: Mary Amon, Steve Biesterfeld, Randy Frederickson, Jay Lawton and Laura Weatherby.

Amon, Frederickson and Lawton are incumbents.

The school district faces three challenges: hiring a new superintendent to replace Superintendent Jeff Holm, who plans to retire in 2024; declining enrollment; student achievement gap; and a looming budget deficit in the next fiscal year.

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Amon, Frederickson and Lawton have served the district well during their board tenure. They bring a diverse background to the board: Amon is a physician, Frederickson is a retired educator and Lawton is employed in inventory and logistics in the poultry industry.

They also have the wisdom of board experience and will be able to handle the difficult decisions facing the board in the coming year. They all have a positive outlook on the school district.


Weatherby is a psychologist. She has a positive outlook on the district and has children in the school system. Her medical background would be a positive, but Amon brings that to the table as well as board experience.

Biesterfeld is a shift supervisor in a secure detention facility. He is among those who spoke at a school board meeting concerned about critical race theory being taught and claims that “principles of (CRT) are being taught.” He appears to have a negative opinion of the school district and would not be a good fit on the board or for the school district.

Incumbents Amon, Frederickson and Lawton are our recommendations for re-election to the Willmar School Board in 2022.

This Tribune Opinion editorial is the opinion of the West Central Tribune Editorial Board, consisting of publisher Steve Ammermann and editor Kelly Boldan.

Willmar School Board member Mary Amon
Mary Amon is running for another term on the Willmar School Board in the Nov. 8, 2022, election.
Erica Dischino / West Central Tribune file photo
Randy Frederickson is seeking another term on the Willmar School Board in the Nov. 8, 2022 election.
Contributed / File photo courtesy of League of Women Voters of the Willmar Area Facebook page
Erica Dischino / TribuneWillmar School Board candidate Jay Lawton answers a question Tuesday during the school board forum in Willmar conducted by the Willmar Area League of Women Voters. He is one of five people on the ballot for three seats on the board.
Jay Lawton is seeking another term on the Willmar School Board in the Nov. 8, 2022, election.
Erica Dischino / West Central Tribune file photo
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