Open letter to Northside voters in the upcoming general election

To Northside voters in the upcoming general election:

Open LetterI am supporting Kimberly Caprini for District 2 Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) Board Member because she is family. I taught with her mother, a fellow MPS teacher over 30 years ago, and later worked for decades with her sister, a social worker, and still another sister who coached basketball — all MPS staff. Kimberly was born and raised in a large, loving, Northside family.

I first met Kimberly several years ago in her role as a member for the Camden Business Association. At the time, I was working to develop and extend relationships of Henry High School into the business community. Kimberly was especially helpful in that outreach effort. When she enrolled her oldest child at Henry, Kimberly immediately became involved in school activities including site council.

As a new parent to Henry, Kimberly founded a dynamic parent-involvement organization. She was a consistent spectator at her daughter’s school activities and soon attended nearly all Henry activities, even those that her daughter was not a member of. Kimberly sees all Henry students and all Northside students as her children and is a tireless supporter of their accomplishments.

Though I am not a blood relative of Kimberly, I do feel that I am related to her by a common love of the children and the Minneapolis Public Schools that they attend on the Northside. Kimberly has a passion for making those schools great, like the children and families that they serve, and deserve. After all these years of service, Kimberly is the rare public servant who can harness righteous anger with humility and lifelong relationships to get the job done for families on the Northside.

As a small businesswoman Kimberly can bring the MPS a much needed customer service philosophy along with the moxie to help the Board of Education work with a bottom-line budget that makes the best of financial resources.

On Tuesday, November 8, please vote Kimberly Caprini for District 2 of the Minneapolis Public Schools Board of Education. Thank you for your time and support.


Tom Murray, is a retired Minneapolis Public Schools teacher and current volunteer at Henry High School and a resident of Shoreview, MN.