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School board hopefuls file

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The list of candidates for April's general election for the Fort Scott Community College Board of Trustees and USD 234 and USD 235 school boards was finalized Tuesday after the noon deadline for filing passed at the Bourbon County Courthouse.

Three positions are at stake in 2013 spring school board elections at USD 234 in Fort Scott and USD 235 in Uniontown. Three seats also come up on Fort Scott Community College's six-member Board of Trustees.

Trustees' seats that are up for grabs are currently held by Chair Myrtle Anne Colum, Vice Chair Bernita Hill and Jim Fewins. Trustees serve four- year terms that are staggered, with elections every two years. Seats held by trustees Robert Nelson, Jim Sather and Mark McCoy will be contested in 2015.

Because of the limited filings, there will be no primary elections in either school board or for the FSCC Board of Trustees. More than nine filings are required to hold a primary for the trustees spots, but with only nine filings, voters will wait until the Tuesday, April 2, general election to choose from nine candidates to fill three spots.

According to information from Bourbon County Clerk Kendell Mason, Colum and Fewins have filed to run to keep their seats with the board, while Bernita Hill opted not to refile for her seat. Additional candidates for the three seats include John Kerr, Stephen Stanton, Randall Readinger, David Conradt, John Bartelsmeyer, Richard Hedges and John Townsend.

In USD 234, Michelle Parker will run uncontested for the fourth position, vacated by Ken Reinbolt. Gary Billionis and Kevin Allen have filed for the fifth position, currently filled by Steve Floyd, and current board member Belynda Davenport will run against Jamie Armstrong to keep the sixth position.

USD 234 position one occupied by Justin Meeks, position 2 by Michelle Hudiburg and position 3 by President Janet Braun and Vice President Jordan Witt's at-large position, will come open in spring 2015.

In Uniontown USD 235 seats up for grabs this spring include the fourth spot, currently held by USD 235 Vice President Doug Coyan, Redfield, the fifth, by Eldon Luker and the sixth by current President Matthew Wood. Both Coyan and Wood will run uncontested to keep their seats, while Daniel Johns will run uncontested to fill Luker's seat.

Position one, held by Lynne Oharah, Uniontown, two by Jason Sutterby, Savonburg, three by Matthew Simpson, Fort Scott, and the at-large seat held by Michael Shawn Wilkinson, Uniontown, will come up for contention in 2015.

The seats in both USD 234 and USD 235 are staggered, four-year terms.

Both boards have three districts, with two representatives from each and one at-large position. Every two years, one seat in each district is contested.

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