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Moms for Liberty candidates find mixed success in Franklin County school board races

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School board candidates endorsed by conservative groups like Moms for Liberty did not fare well in Franklin County school districts on Election Day, but two candidates did win seats in one school district.

Julie Liskany and Denise D'Angelo beat out two candidates endorsed by the Franklin County Democratic Party, Anthony Caldwell and Lee Schreiner, for two seats on the South-Western City School Board of Education in Grove City. Liskany and D'Angelo ran a joint campaign and garnered endorsements from Moms for Liberty's Franklin County chapter and support from other conservative groups, including a donation from Ohio Senate candidate Bernie Moreno.

With 100% of precincts reporting, D'Angelo got 15,709 votes, Liskany got 14,683 votes, Caldwell got 14,253 votes and Schreiner got 12,905 votes.

Moms for Liberty is a Florida-based nonprofit that advocates for parental rights in schools and against teaching students about race and gender identity. The organization has a chapter in Franklin County that endorsed Liskany and D'Angelo and several other school board candidates.

Liskany and D'Angelo could not be reached for comment before deadline.

Despite their success in this race, Moms for Liberty candidates lost races in Gahanna-Jefferson, Olentangy, New Albany Plains, Westerville and Worthington School districts. Other conservative candidates also lost in the Dublin and Hilliard school districts.

George Shillcock is a reporter for 89.7 NPR News. He joined the WOSU newsroom in April 2023 following three years as a reporter in Iowa with the USA Today Network.