Johnson County school board races see influence of outside interest group, party politics

Johnson County school boards

Three candidates running for school board in the Blue Valley School District have appeared together on door hangers and campaign signs. In a letter to some voters, the candidates — Kaety Bowers, Jim McMullen and Christine White — have said they're running together as "conservative Republicans" for the normally nonpartisan school board seats. Last month, White announced she was not actively campaigning. Photo credit Leah Wankum.

Party politics, usually under the radar in local non-partisan elections, is coming out into the open this year as school board candidates in Johnson County make their final push for votes in the Nov. 2 election.

As the final weeks count down, school board races that have in the past been tame affairs are increasingly lit up by hot-button national issues, like schools’ response to COVID-19 and efforts at to address race and diversity.