2019 Commission & School Board Candidates

Results of Candidate Questionnaires Published

The Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce asked a series of questions to candidates for both City Commission and USD 383 Board seats. Those responses can be found here:

City Commission
School Board 

The questions were formulated by the Business Advocacy Committee. We published all unedited responses we received by the deadline, which was Oct. 18. We received responses from all but one candidate. Please remember that early voting has started with the main election taking place on Nov. 5. Here is a summary of the questions:

Candidate Questions for City Commission

  • Do you support or oppose using a 0.3% city sales tax increase to fund projects such as those listed above, and why?
  • Do you support the renewal of the Economic Development sales tax and if so, would you support renewing it early on the 2020 ballot? Please explain your position. 
  • What are your local transportation priorities?
  • What initiatives should Manhattan fund over your term in order to
    attract/retain the globally talented?

Candidate Questions for School Board

  • Background:  How long have you resided in District 383?  Did you attend the district yourself or do you have children or other relatives that attended or are attending school in USD 383?  How have you engaged with the district (PTO's, site councils, volunteering, etc.)?  Have you worked for the district or do you have family members who work for the district?
  • How do you see USD 383 working with businesses and educational entities on workforce development?  Please give specific examples. 
  • What is your vision for the future of East Campus?
  • What is the school board's responsibility in managing the tax burden of school district taxpayers in concert with other taxing jurisdictions to ensure quality services are balanced with our community remaining affordable for residents and businesses?

We appreciate the willingness of the candidates to respond to our questions and we hope the results will help you determine how to vote. This election is extremely important to our city’s future.

Also, the .3% sales tax vote will be on the ballot. As a reminder, the Chamber Board of Directors supported the initiative as a way to finish several important and necessary projects without a property tax increase.