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Whitley Consolidated Schools
Jefferson Township
Kevin Turnbow
Age: 39
Profession: Works for a software company and a prosthetics company
Political experience: None
election 2012

2 seeking seat on Whitley board

When Kevin Turnbow looks at the kids in schools these days, he sees people with a sense of entitlement who are not prepared for the challenges of the real world.

And that’s something the 39-year-old Columbia City man wants to change.

Turnbow is running for the Jefferson Township seat on the Whitley County Consolidated Schools board, one of two candidates vying for the spot and the only candidate who could be reached by The Journal Gazette.

“When I look at young people coming out to the workforce, I don’t think they’re prepared for what life is going to throw at them,” Turnbow said. “You need to instill in them a work ethic, a desire to have a better life rather than them expecting a better life.”

Turnbow, an Allen County native, said he has always been interested in politics and decided to run for the seat after speaking to someone else on the school board about the struggles the district is facing.

“We’re on an economical fiscal cliff,” he said. “We need to be very smart about our dollars.”

Turnbow is the father of an 8-year-old and a 9-month-old. He works for an Indianapolis software company and his brother’s prosthetics company.

His opponent is William A. Tucker Jr., who did not provide a phone number to the Whitley County clerk when turning in election documents. Multiple messages left for a number that coincided with the address for his home were not returned.

School board members receive $2,000 annually and receive a per diem for each meeting they attend, which is capped at $2,000.