For 6.5 years, Cindy Johnson has strived to develop connections in the Carroll community.
Over those years, she has centered her message for both the congregation she pastors at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church and the community on the themes of unity and acceptance.
Today, she wants to take on a new role to continue to reinforce those beliefs in order to create a community that works better together.
“I am just a big one for working with others, and I feel that’s one of my special gifts, is that I can make connections with people of diverse thoughts and diverse backgrounds, and I think that’s important for the school board,” she said. “I just feel like being transparent and open with what’s going on is important for our community.”
Johnson, 63, the head pastor of St. John, currently is running for a spot on the Carroll Community School Board. The election will be Nov. 5.
As both a pastor and community member in Carroll, Johnson said, she has worked with both Kuemper and Carroll families and knows the important roles both schools play in the community.
“We have two excellent schools,” she said. “They are both highly rated nationally and statewide. How can we work best together and make sure all of the people of Carroll are being represented?”
Johnson, whose granddaughter is in sixth grade at Carroll Middle School, said that if she is elected, she would love listening to the ideas of other board members and finding ways to collaborate and continue to move the school district forward.
“I think I can always bring to the forefront our prime mission, which is to educate our future citizens,” she said. “That’s basically the prime mission of any school board, is to make sure we have the best facilities, educators, accessibility and possibilities for the children of this community.”
The school board members all have their own gifts or strengths, Johnson said. Hers is to bring people together.
“I think that the one gift I bring to the school board is the gift to see the big picture, because I am always looking at the big picture and working with such diverse people as a congregation,“ she said. “I think everyone on the school board has great gifts. I think mine as such a time as this can help us go forward.”
A total of five candidates — Jon Sampson, Brad Jorgensen, Karen Friedlein, Onica Ulveling and Cindy Johnson — are running for three spots on the board currently held by Sampson, Jorgensen and Friedlein. Friedlein recently was appointed to fill the spot previously held by Gina Badding. Badding resigned in April after being named a district court judge. Read more about the school board candidates in upcoming editions of the Carroll Times Herald.