Moms for Liberty candidates lose in Dallas Center-Grimes school board race

By Ty Rushing

November 7, 2023

Three left-leaning candidates and a moderate defeated a three-person conservative bloc to win four open seats on the Dallas Center-Grimes School Board, according to Tuesday’s unofficial results.

There were two at-large seats open and three candidates.

Incumbent Ryan Carpenter, the moderate, won reelection with 1,563 votes (42.36% of the vote). Left-leaning candidate Shaylee Vander Velden captured the second at-large seat with 1,173 votes (31.79% of the vote).

Conservative candidate Matthew Moran received 919 votes (24.91% of the vote).

In the District 3 race, incumbent Nancy Baker Curtis captured 239 votes (55.69% of the vote) and defeated challenger Kimberly Praska, who had 180 votes (43.58% of the vote).

Curtis was endorsed by the Dallas County Democrats and Praska was endorsed by the Dallas County GOP.

In the District 4 race, Meg Dickinson defeated Sean Cully. Dickinson captured 344 votes (50.89% of the vote) to edge out Cully, who had 332 votes (49.11% of the vote).

Cully strongly aligned his campaign with Moms for Liberty, which rubbed some residents the wrong way before the election.


  • Ty Rushing

    Ty Rushing is the Chief Political Correspondent for Iowa Starting Line. He is a trail-blazing veteran Iowa journalist, an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and co-founder and president of the Iowa Association of Black Journalists. Send tips or story ideas to [email protected] and find him on social media @Rushthewriter.



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