Six candidates vying for three seats on the Muskegon Board of Education in the Nov. 3 election

MUSKEGON, MI – Six candidates are vying for three open seats on the Muskegon Board of Education in the Nov. 3 general election.

Muskegon Public Schools is one of the largest districts in the county with 3,514 registered students this fall.

School board trustees serve six-year terms and are tasked with a variety of jobs including, approving an annual budget, hire and evaluate the superintendent, and adopting policies that give the district administration direction to set priorities and achieve its goals.

Three of the candidates – Zachary Anderson, Billie Bruce and Louis Churchwell – are incumbents seeking reelection.

The other three candidate are new challengers – Kwame Kamau James, Nicholas Sima and Jonathan Witmer.

Here is some background information provided by each of the candidates:

  • Anderson, 27, attended Grand Valley State University (GVSU) and now works as a consultant. He has served on the Muskegon school board for the past
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State senate candidates: Career and technical education key to environmental, economic success

BRUNSWICK — Supporting career and technical education programs for young people could go a long way toward ensuring a future for Maine that is both economically and environmentally sustainable, according to four candidates vying to represent the Midcoast in the Maine Senate Districts 23 and 24.

Sen. Eloise Vitelli, the Democrat incumbent, and Holly Kopp, a Republican, are running to represent District 23, which encompasses Sagadahoc County and Dresden. Rep Mattie Daughtry, a Democrat, will face Republican Brad Pattershall for the seat representing District 24, which includes Brunswick, Freeport, Harpswell, North Yarmouth and Pownal. 

The four candidates participated in a virtual forum hosted by the Southern Midcoast Chamber of Commerce on Friday. 

Vitelli, Kopp, Daughtry and Pattershall all expressed staunch support for making Region 10 Technical High School, the area’s vocational and technical school, a full-fledged, four-year comprehensive technical high school where students learn career and technical subjects alongside their

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Meet 15 candidates running for the D.C. State Board of Education

But while these nonpartisan positions wield little power, they have become symbolic battlegrounds over the future of public education — and the members of the board have emerged as visible education advocates in the city.

Some of the issues dividing the board are mayoral control and, of course, how schools should safely reopen. They also have different opinions on the five-star rating system of schools. The ratings — part of a broader school report card — aim to make school data more accessible. But critics fear the reliance on test scores will reserve the highest accolades for schools that educate the city’s wealthiest students and give paltry ratings to schools that serve the District’s vulnerable children.

This election cycle has drawn nearly 20 candidates for five open seats. (Frazier O’Leary, who holds the Ward 4 seat, is running for reelection unopposed.) And the candidates have attracted tens of thousands of

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Eight candidates seek three seats on Sayreville Board of Education


SAYREVILLE – Eight candidates are seeking three available three-year terms on the Sayreville Board of Education in the Nov. 3 election.

The terms of board members Phyllis Batko, Christopher Callahan, Danielle Pieloch and Karen Rubio will end in December. Batko and Rubio are not seeking re-election.

The candidates seeking the terms are Callahan, Pieloch, Syed Muhammed S. Ali, Jessica Esposito, Eloy Fernandez, Zoe Katsilis, Alison Napolitano and Eileen Pabon.

Callahan has worked for the Woodbridge Township School District for 18 years, the last 10 years at the district level, and is the supervisor of technology. He is also an adjunct professor at Middlesex County College in the mathematics department.

Before becoming an educator, he worked in the IT (information technology) industry for companies such as IBM, NCR, AT&T and CommVault.

A Sayreville resident since 1984 and a graduate of Sayreville War Memorial High School, he has served on the school

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Ask candidates at all levels to address education disparities

Matt Gillard and Michele Strasz, guest writers
Published 5:29 p.m. ET Oct. 7, 2020 | Updated 6:36 p.m. ET Oct. 7, 2020

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Ballots are now being cast as the big-stakes fight for the presidency ignites voter turnout across federal, state and local races. In these anxious times fueled by a great pandemic, civil unrest, and negative political climate, it’s easy to lose sight of elections as opportunities to bring people into office who we believe can help build a better future for our families and kids.

We ask voters to reach out to candidates today (virtually or by phone), read their platforms, and probe how they would improve educational opportunities for all students, including those with disabilities.

Then vote!

So many contributors to the current inequity in educational outcomes have been further exposed during the pandemic, coupled with increased attention to how systemic racism

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Meet your Somerset Board of Education candidates

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U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen spoke at a news conference Monday in Baltimore about mail delays in the leadup to the November election.

Salisbury Daily Times

As November inches closer, a historic election has already started to take shape. 

In Maryland, questions of how to carry a safe presidential election during an ongoing public health crisis in COVID-19 led to heated debates. 

The State Board of Elections had finally settled on a format by August. All of Maryland’s 24 jurisdictions will use “vote centers” for in-person voting, while eligible voters will be sent applications for mail-in ballots to encourage voting by mail.

By this week, many Marylanders have already received their ballots and begun casting their votes. 

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The biggest race on the ticket is,

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Worcester Board of Education candidates in their own words

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As the coronavirus pandemic continues into the fall, election experts are worried Maryland will face a poll worker shortage.

Salisbury Daily Times

As November inches closer, a historic election has already started to take shape. 

In Maryland, questions of how to carry a safe presidential election during an ongoing public health crisis in COVID-19 led to heated debates. 

The State Board of Elections had finally settled on a format by August. All of Maryland’s 24 jurisdictions will use “vote centers” for in-person voting, while eligible voters will be sent applications for mail-in ballots to encourage voting by mail.

By this week, many Marylanders have already received their ballots and begun casting their votes. 

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The biggest race on the ticket is, of course, who will

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Rochester Education Association endorses school board candidates

The Rochester Education Association has endorsed three of the candidates running for the Rochester School Board.

The association is the union representing teachers of Rochester Public Schools. The endorsed candidates include Don Barlow, Jess Garcia and Karen MacLaughlin. Of the three, Barlow is the only incumbent.

“We had six very strong, strong candidates,” REA President Dan Kuhlman said. “I can’t say enough of how difficult a decision it was.”

Rochester School Board Candidate Dr. Jessica R. Garcia (Contributed photo)

Rochester School Board Candidate Dr. Jessica R. Garcia (Contributed photo)

The REA committee making the endorsements consisted of a handful of the organization’s members. As part of the endorsement process, the committee screened the candidates to learn about their positions and experience.

Kuhlman said the committee looked at the candidates’ ability to address student needs. He referenced Garcia’s work as a clinical psychologist and how that would be beneficial to the district’s stance on mental health. He referenced MacLaughlin’s work with

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Four Oakland school board candidates serious about change


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The candidates for four open seats on the Oakland school board generally fall into two camps — those ready to address the district’s serious problems, and those in denial about them.

The district of 49,000 students must confront poor academic performance, an excess of schools that drain money, projected budget deficits and inadequate online teaching time during the pandemic.

With a majority of the seven school board seats on the Nov. 3 ballot, and no incumbents seeking reelection, this is a critical election. Voters who care about the future of education in Oakland should look for candidates serious about change.

The standout candidates are Austin Dannhaus in District 1; Mark Hurty in District 3; Leroy Gaines in District 5; and Clifford Thompson in District 7. They will bring the proper focus on student performance and district financial sustainability.

The district

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Occupation: Professor, Midland University; teacher, Learning for All



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Adrian Petrescu


Public offices held: Secretary of delegation, delegation of Parliament of Romania to NATO Parliamentary Assembly, 1991-95; diplomatic counselor, Parliament of Romania, 1991-95; adviser, Constitutional Assembly of Romania, 1991

Military service: None in the U.S. but served as a reservist in the Romanian army

Education: Doctor of philosophy, economics of science and technology for innovation, University of Pittsburgh, 2003; juris doctor, law, litigation certificate, Creighton University, 2016; master of arts, economics-finance, NSPSA, Bucharest Romania, 1993; master of science, engineering, Politehnica University, Bucharest, 1989

Family: Married, one adult daughter

Faith: Orthodox Christian

What is your top priority? “Facilitate true equity in education of our children and lifelong learning for all Nebraskans in a fiscally responsible way. Every child deserves to be nurtured to self-trust to have her or his curiosity satisfied and beliefs supported and to achieve their fullest potential in life.

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