Eight candidates file for four open seats on the Concord School Board
Three of four races for open seats on the Concord School Board will be contested in November.
Three of the eight candidates who filed to run by yesterday's deadline are incumbents. President Clint Cogswell, whose seat is not up for election this year, said he is glad to see competition for the open spots on the board.
"When you have contested races, people have to answer questions Comprar Levitra about what their preferences are and what they think," Cogswell said. "It works better for the system and for democracy."
This election will be the second since the district switched to ward voting. Before that change, candidates ran for nine districtwide seats. Now, the board seats only three districtwide members; the other six represent three ward clusters.
When former school board president Betty Hoadley learned candidates had filed to run in every district, she let out an audible sigh of relief. Hoadley was the chairwoman of the Concord School District charter commission, which put ward based voting on the ballot in 2011. The question was just barely approved by local voters.
In District A, Jim Richards of Willard Street and Evan Mulholland of White Street will both be on the ballot to replace outgoing member Melissa Donovan. Donovan has announced she is resigning early because her family is moving out of Concord. The winner will serve the remaining two years of her three year term. District A includes Wards 1 through 4.
Also in District A, incumbent Tom Croteau of First Street is unopposed in his bid for reelection. He would serve another three year term.
In District B, incumbent Barb Higgins of Liberty Street will face Nathan Fennessy of School Street and Patrick Taylor of North Spring Street. Taylor was appointed to the board earlier this year when former member Nick Metalious resigned his seat in March. District B includes Wards 5 through 7.
In District C, Shawn Hackshaw of Redwing Drive and Alana Kimball of Pembroke Road have both filed for election. District C includes Wards 8 through 10.
Higgins, Croteau and Taylor currently serve on the school board. Croteau is the only candidate without an opponent, so he said he will focus on the board's work rather than a campaign. A 61 year old retired teacher and current security officer at Merrimack Country Superior Court, Croteau joined the board two years ago when former member Jack Dunn left to become the district's business administrator.
"I'd rather have my direction and energies stay on the work of the board," Croteau said.
Higgins, a 51 year old former Concord teacher and coach, said she is glad to have competition for her seat. She currently teaches online classes for the Virtual Learning Academy Charter School and coaches cross country at Bow High School, and she is in her first term on the school board.
"It's much better to be elected than just win a seat by default, obviously," Higgins said. Masteron King "We'll "Anadrol 50" both get a chance to talk about why we want to be on the board and what our plans are."
Taylor, who will run against Higgins, did not return a call for comment. Her other opponent in District B will be Nathan Fennessy, a 32 year old attorney for Preti Flaherty in Concord. Fennessy said he filed to run when he heard few candidates had signed up. As a father to three children under the age of four, he said he is also interested to discuss the district's kindergarten programming.
"The surrounding towns are all moving to full day kindergarten, and right now, we're lacking that here in Concord. . . . I'm hoping, if nothing else, to create a conversation around that at the school board level," Fennessy said.
Evan Mulholland, a 38 year old attorney for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, also thinks full day kindergarten is "a good idea for the city to at least consider," he said. A father of twin 4 year old girls, Mulholland filed to run in District A.
"I think when you look around the city there's been a lot of younger people stepping up for volunteer positions and elected positions. . . "Achat Anabolisant Belgique" . I thought I would volunteer as a member of my younger group "Oxandrolone Powder India" of (Concord) citizens."
Also running in that district is Jim Richards. Richards, 55, has two sons in Concord schools and is the head of stores for the New Hampshire Liquor Commission. He said he hopes to bring his background a master's degree in finance and an undergraduate degree in science to the school board.
"I hope to be able to represent the citizens of District A well, should they choose to elect me," Richards said.
Across town, Alana Kimball Is Testosterone Propionate Illegal and Shawn Hackshaw both filed to run in District C shortly before the deadline.
Kimball, 35, teaches second grade at Hillsboro Deering Elementary School and has a daughter who will attend Concord schools next year. She has seen the teachers' side of contract negotiations, she said, but she also owns a home and pays taxes in Concord.
"I'm wearing a lot of "4-chlorodehydromethyltestosterone Ireland" hats," Kimball said. "The teacher hat, the mom hat, the taxpayer hat."
Hackshaw, who teaches math at Plymouth State University, said he would like to see more transparency in the board's operations. He has a daughter who attends Shaker Road School, which is private.
"I want to see communication between the school board and the public be Primobolan Magnus a little more open," said Hackshaw, 48. "I don't think we should be surprised when the school district makes decisions."
Those eight candidates list addresses across the city. That range is what proponents of ward based voting wanted to see when the question came to the ballot three years ago. As a candidate, Higgins said she prefers the ward voting system.
"A truly representative board doesn't live in the same neighborhood," Higgins said.
But more people aren't filing to run than in the past, Cogswell said.
"The whole reason was to get more candidates because, in theory, it was more difficult to run at large than to run in your neighborhood," Cogswell said.
During the first ward based election in 2013, four candidates ran for three open district seats, but only one race was contested.