By Kevin Sweeney
NEW ULM - Matt Ringhofer of New Ulm has filed as a candidate for the District 88 School Board.
Ringhofer, 39, is a New Ulm native who has been working for 15 years as a school counselor, the last 12 as a counselor for ISD 77 in Mankato.
"I was born and raised in New Ulm, and the town is important to me," Ringhofer said. "I think a strong school district is going to be even more important to New Ulm as we move into the tougher times ahead."
Ringhofer he may work in Mankato, but his children are students in District 88, and he and his wife are taxpayers in the community. He wants to see how he can help the school district adapt and continue to provide good education as the educational budget issues continue.
"This will give me a chance to figure out how I can support the school, the students, and especially the teachers," said Ringhofer.
Ringhofer is the first candidate to file for the District 88 election. Four seats will be up for election in November, and two of the incumbents, Carol Ackerson and Susan Nierengarten, have decided not to run for re-election. The other two candidates, Patty Gramentz and Patricia Hoffman, have not indicated whether they plan to file.
Filing for the school board election continues through Aug. 14.