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School board elections
FWCS
District 2
John Peirce*
Glenna Jehl
District 3
Becky Hill*
Kerry Miller
Michael Davis
District 5
Steve Corona* EACS
District 4
Christopher Baker
District 7
Terry Jo Lightfoot*
Vince Buchanan
District 6
Richard Allgeier*
Arden Hoffman NACS
District 1
Kent Somers
Donald Duff*
District 2
Paul Sloffer* SACS
District 1
Joseph Greco
John Blum*
District 2
Mark Gilpin*
Jason Kuchmay
District 3
at large
Meagan Milne
Sherry Chapman
* Incumbent

Candidates for county school board elections set

Voters will have a choice in two of the three Fort Wayne Community Schools board districts this fall while an incumbent facing no opposition will retain his seat.

In East Allen County Schools, two incumbents have chosen not to run and two will try to retain their seats in the fall election.

Friday was the deadline for candidates to file.

Incumbent John Peirce is up against Glenna Jehl in District 2 of Fort Wayne Community Schools.

Pierce wants to maintain the current board’s momentum, he said. He said he feels a sense of responsibility to the taxpayers to oversee about $119 million worth of improvements planned for 36 schools.

Jehl was the former campaign manager for Republican Matt Kelty, who lost a bid for Fort Wayne mayor in 2007. Not long after the election, Kelty pleaded guilty to two felony charges of filing fraudulent campaign reports and one misdemeanor charge of false informing, admitting that he had lied to a grand jury.

The charge stemmed from a contribution of $158,000 given to Kelty by Jehl and Fred Rost, Kelty’s former campaign chairman. Jehl was unavailable for comment. An associate in her real estate office said Jehl was on her way to Tampa, Fla., to be a delegate at the Republican National Convention.

In District 3, incumbent Becky Hill will face two challengers, Kerry Miller and Michael Davis. Hill was elected four years ago.

Steve Corona will keep his longtime school board seat since he is the only candidate on the District 5 ballot.

This year brings a change for many voters who were used to voting for school board members in the May primary.

In Allen County, Fort Wayne Community Schools was the only district to have a November election for school board members. But last year, the state legislature changed the rules in hopes of encouraging greater turnout because fewer voters are typically seen in primary elections.

In East Allen, current board President Janice Witte did not file for re-election after moving out of her district last summer.

Although she was allowed to serve out her term in District 5, she chose not to file in her new district because that would mean running against Terry Jo Lightfoot, a 12-year incumbent in District 7.

“Terry Jo is the best school board member,” Witte said. “She is the most informed and asks the most intelligent questions.”

If she had not moved, Witte said she would definitely have gotten into the race.

Lightfoot, who will be opposed by Vince Buchanan, has a vested interested in the district, Witte said, and wants to continue her commitment to offering the best educational opportunities while preserving the area’s values and traditions.

Voters in District 6, the north-central area of the school district, will choose between incumbent Richard Allgeier and newcomer Arden Hoffman.

Christopher Baker is the lone candidate for the northwest section of New Haven in District 4. Current board member Alyssa Lewandowski did not file for re-election.

vsade@jg.net

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