Which Des Moines metro political groups weigh in on school board races

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School board elections are nonpartisan, but many political groups are endorsing candidates across the Des Moines metro — some for the first time — and spending thousands of dollars to back them ahead of the Nov. 7 election.

That first-time engagement in local school board elections is happening across the political spectrum, including a social conservative organization that’s hosted Republican presidential candidates and an advocacy group that strives to protect LGBTQ rights. It comes as new laws continue to transform Iowa’s public schools.

The Family Leader, a Christian organization that in July hosted a half-dozen GOP presidential candidates, is endorsing school board candidates in Johnston, the first time it’s weighed in on local school elections.

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