Municipal elections, particularly races further down the ballot like those for local school boards, are frequently overlooked.
Voters often don’t see the significance of these positions. But these local races can be some of the most important for their impact on working families and what work is awarded to union contractors.
Two such races on the April 6 ballot are in the Rockwood School District.
Jaime Bayes and Tamara Jo Rhomberg, both Labor-friendly incumbents, are running for re-election to the Rockwood Board of Education. Seven candidates have entered the race for the two seats, but not all are what could be called Labor-friendly.
Bayes and Rhomberg have been endorsed by the Rockwood Labor Club, the Greater St. Louis Labor Council, and the Rockwood NEA.
“Decisions by school boards have an effect on all households in the district,” said Marty McClimens, president of the Rockwood Labor Club. “This has been amplified by the pandemic, and working families need representatives who realize this. Jamie and Tammy have done their homework, put in the hard work and are deserving of Labor’s support.”
Bayes has served on the Rockwood school board since 2015. She holds a bachelor and master’s degree in education from Saint Louis University, has lived in the Rockwood School District for seven years and has two school-age children who attend Rockwood schools. She and her husband, Matt, also have a young child at home.
Rhomberg has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Southeast Missouri State University, and a master’s in educational process from Maryville University. Her educational experience includes teaching second grade for six years in the Lindbergh School District, 10 years as a reading specialist at Kellison Elementary, and 13 years as a language arts/ intervention coordinator.
Election Day is April 6.