Nine people are actively running for three spots on the Madison School Board. Seven of the candidates (for Seats 4 and 5) are profiled here. While there is technically also a primary race for Seat 3, one of the candidates on the ballot, Skyler Croy, has suspended his campaign, so the newspaper considers that race uncontested.) Voters will narrow the field in Tuesday's primary. The top two vote-getters for each seat will face off in the April 2 general election. You can find details on other local races in our full primary election guide.
The downside of the Madison system is that voters can see their choices limited or be shut out of voting for the candidates they prefer.
A question about funding priorities revealed that most preferred directing more money toward front-line staff.
Mertz will face at least one challenger, Ananda Mirilli, who has already filed a declaration of candidacy for Seat 5 on the seven-member board.
Incumbent Dean Loumos said he was "not at all" vulnerable to criticism about the way he has handled discipline issues.