Bentonville school board race stays hot
Two of Bentonville's five school board seats will head to a runoff on Dec. 6.
- One candidate endorsed by the PAC won a school board seat.
The big picture: School board elections have become a battleground for conservative groups, many of whom believe curricula are trending more liberal.
- New York-based 1776 Project PAC has involved itself in school board contests in states like Florida, Texas, Virginia and Pennsylvania.
Context: CRT is a graduate-level analytical legal framework examining how race and racism may have influenced American law and institutions.
- Reality check: Multiple people who work in the Bentonville School District told Axios last week that critical race theory concepts and curricula are not taught in Bentonville schools.
The latest: According to the Benton County election commission's unofficial results:
- Zone 1 — Joel Dunning, a former teacher, won the area with 53% of the vote against Erron Smith, who collected 47%.
- Dunning is the only candidate endorsed by the 1776 Project who won a seat.
- Zone 2 — Jennifer Faddis, the lone incumbent in the race, received nearly 58% of votes cast, and opponent Gail Pianalto saw about 42%.
- Zone 3 — The three-way race between Jeremy Farmer, Blanca Maldonado and Matthew Smith will lead to a runoff between Farmer (38%) and Maldonado (33%).
- Zone 4 — Becky Guthrie won the zone with nearly 68% of the vote over opponent Tim Rosenau who received about 32%.
- Zone 5 — Tatum Aicklen (41%) will face a runoff with Letisha Hinds (29.5%).
- Of note: Yoselin Bolivar, the third candidate in the race, was endorsed by the 1776 Project. She lost to Hinds by four votes.
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