By DAVE GYMBURCH Staff writer
The Board of Education race has gained its first two candidates for the May 15 public election, including nine-year incumbent Mary Davis and challenger Lenny Giardino of 1305 Cedarbrook Drive.
Davis and Giardino have filed nominating petitions that met the requirements for having signatures from at least 100 school district residents who are at least 18 years old. Five other potential candidates have picked up the petition forms.
The deadline for filing petitions to run is Friday at 4 p.m. at the district office, 409 Bell Road. There are three available seats, each for full 3-year terms.
Davis, of 404 S. George St., had said last December she did not plan to run for a fourth term on the board. But she reconsidered and changed her mind after hearing from "many, many people" who wanted her to run again. Her current term expires June 30.
In addition, in her time on the board, Davis said "we’ve come too far with where we’re trying to go" and she felt "an obligation to kids...our future leaders...to go back for one more term." She cited the board’s ongoing efforts to boost student achievement including school renovations, curriculum and programs.
Other potential candidates include incumbent Jennifer Geiger of 207 W. Sycamore St.; Jason Rutherford of 904 Elm St.; Jay Kippen of 603 W. Thomas St.; Ken Metz of 6445 Wager Drive in Lee; and Karen Fontana of 6451 Emerald Circle in Lee.
New terms for the three available seats would begin July 1. The board has nine elected members overall, and members are unpaid.