Vote Duerk in May 6th School Election

by Jason Wiener

Tomorrow, Tuesday, May 6, is the school trustees election. Two seats for the Missoula city elementary district are up for election. I am posting to ask you to vote for Adam Duerk for one of those seats.

Some background on the election:
Only one name, incumbent Kelley Hirning is listed on the ballot. In addition, there are two registered write-in candidates for the election. The top two vote-getters, regardless of whether he or she is a write-in will be elected to the school board. In order to vote for Adam Duerk, you need to darken the oval next to a blank line on the ballot and write in his name and spell it correctly: Adam Duerk (note the spelling–D-U-E-R-K). Please take a moment to jot down the correct spelling as misspelled votes will not count.

What’s the school board do anyway?
Trustees of the Missoula City Elementary District make decisions on issues pertaining to elementary schools in the Missoula city district (excluding Target Range, Hellgate Elementary and several other regions) as well as voting on matters relevant to the high school district, in conjunction with members from the outlying elementary districts. The school board’s responsibilities include overseeing the superintendent, setting budget priorities, supervising curriculum and instruction and determining how property owned by the school district will be used or disposed.

One more time with the pitch:
Adam Duerk (Note the spelling: D-U-E-R-K) is intelligent, discerning and principled. His advocacy will serve students, teachers and the whole community well. I have included a message from Adam below. Please let me know if I can answer any questions.

Thanks for being involved.


A message from Adam Duerk:

Hi there,

I’ve thrown my hat in the ring for the Missoula County School Board.

If you haven’t committed to another candidate already, I’d appreciate your vote. Every vote helps, so if you feel comfortable forwarding my name to others, that would be great. An added challenge in this race is that my name will not be printed on the ballot (I was encouraged to run by several current board members after the deadline for filing). Write-in rules dictate my name must be written in on the ballot exactly as it appears below. (The little box next to my name must also be filled in). If you decide to let others know about me, please let them know how to spell my last name.

If anyone asks you about my experience, you can tell them that I taught in private schools for 9 years (3 years at a combined middle school/high school in Colorado and 6 years with the Outward Bound School). My job at Outward Bound involved working with students in the field and at the administrative level. I also taught for 1 year as a substitute teacher here in Missoula County at both the elementary and high school levels prior to enrolling in law school. This past year, I helped launch the Missoula Education Foundation – the fundraising arm for public school programs in Missoula. For more information on MEF, see

With your help, I think I can win this thing – despite the odds.
Adam Duerk

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