Conservatives leverage CRT to seize momentum in 2022 local elections

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Conservatives leverage CRT to seize momentum in 2022 local elections

Conservative candidates for local office have successfully campaigned against CRT since Republican lawmakers began leveraging it last year.

  • In 2021, candidates highlighting race in education or CRT ran in 76 school districts.
  • 31 states plus Washington, DC, will hold local elections in 2022, and CRT will play a big role.
  • A majority of states will have school board races. CRT-opposing candidates will find success.

When Washington state native Darwin Peters II ran for school board director in 2021, he was met with resistance from the start.

“My campaign was really attacked from the very beginning, which made it very, very difficult to effectively campaign,” he said.

The 35-year-old father of six said his opponents transformed a nonpartisan election in Clover Park School District near Tacoma into a political horse race by invoking partisan rhetoric, such as opposition to critical race theory.

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