School Board Election Filing Period Ends; See Who’s Running
By Mike Perleberg
Friday, August 22 at noon was the deadline for school board candidates across Indiana to file their paperwork for the November election with their local county clerk’s office. With the cutoff date passing, school board races are now set.
School board races in Indiana are non-partisan, meaning no candidate runs under a particular political party.
Four incumbents are running essentially uncontested for school board positions with Lawrenceburg Community Schools. They are Bryan Johnson in District 1 Lawrenceburg City, Greg McAdams in District 2 Lawrenceburg Township, and Mark Knigga and Kevin Mollaun in District 2 Greendale where two will be elected this year.
South Dearborn Community Schools has three candidates running for each of two open seats. Helmer “Sy” Bryant, Angela Ferguson-Shepherd, and Amy Marie Hummel are running for the at-large board member. Jerry Hinkle II, Anthony Hummel, and Jeffrey Allen Lane are running for one spot in District 1 covering Ceaser Creek, Clay, Hogan, and Washington townships. Aurora city attorney Jeff E. Stratman is running unopposed for the third opening, Center Township.
At Sunman-Dearborn Schools, board president Jeff Lyness is not seeking re-election in District 5 covering Logan Township. Roll E. Hollowell and John Maxwell will appear on the ballot, with one filling Lyness’ board seat starting in January. The District 1 position representing Ripley County’s Adams Township is uncontested for incumbent Michael Norman. Dawn Disbro Burke is uncontested for District 6 covering Miller Township. No candidate filed for District 4 representing Kelso Township, a seat currently held by Glenn Scholl.
Indiana’s general election is Tuesday, November 4, 2014 and early absentee voting will begin October 7. Voters must be registered by Monday, October 6. To check on your voter registration status or to register, visit www.IndianaVoters.com.
Full school board races and the candidates in each district in Dearborn, Franklin, Ohio, Ripley and Switzerland counties are listed below.
Batesville Community Schools
District 1 – Wanita S. Linkel
District 4 – Stephen R. Stein, Robert D. Wagner
Franklin County Community Schools
District 5 At-Large (3 elected) – Sara Duffy (incumbent), Beth Foster, Bob Jewell (incumbent), Roy L. Kuntz, Brian Patterson, Kimber “Kim” Simonson (incumbent)
Jac-Cen-Del Community Schools
District 2 - Joyce Marie Muckerheide, Steve Wilhoit
District 4 – James “Jim” Westerman
Lawrenceburg Community Schools
District 1 Lawrenceburg City – H. Bryan Johnson (incumbent)
District 2 Greendale (2 elected) – Mark Knigga (incumbent), Kevin R. Mollaun (incumbent)
District 3 Lawrenceburg Township – Greg McAdams (incumbent)
Milan Community Schools
At-Large – Timothy W. Tuttle, Jeremy Vinup
Franklin Township – Greg Lewis
Washington Township – Michael E. Brandes, Randy Kirk, Amy Phillips
Rising Sun-Ohio County Community Schools
District 4 (2 elected) – Gary Kinnett, Tom McKay Sr., Pam Nowlin, Connie Smith, Pam Southard
South Dearborn Community Schools
At-Large – Helmer “Sy” Bryant, Angela M. Ferguson-Shepherd, Amy Marie Hummel
District 1 Caesar Creek, Clay, Hogan, Washington townships – Jerry Hinkle II, Anthony W. Hummel, Jeffrey Allen Lane
District 3 Center Township – Jeffrey E. Stratman
South Ripley Community Schools
District 1 – Becky A. Turner
District 2 – Tim Taylor
District 4 – John Cairns, Steve Patrick
District 5 – Robert Garcia
Sunman-Dearborn Community Schools
District 1 Adams Township Ripley County – Michael Norman (incumbent)
District 4 Kelso Township – no candidate filed
District 5 Logan Township – Roll E. Hollowell
District 6 Miller Township – Dawn Disbro Burke
Switzerland County Schools
Jefferson Township – Susan Jill Cord, Andy Truitt (incumbent)
Craig Township – Nancy Peters (incumbent), Kenny Briggs
Posey Township – Laurice See, Joe “Joey” Bennett