Voters in the Gardner Edgerton School District will have a choice to make in the April general election. Eight candidates are campaigning for three open seats. These are all newcomers; no incumbents filed to retain a place on the board.
Competing for Position 4 are Shelta Collins and Mary Nelson.
Brett Limer, Joel Riggs and Rob Shippy are running for Position 5.
Candidates for Position 6 are Brad Chandler, Patty Fabing and Duane Waldman.
The district has an online publication containing profiles of all the candidates who will be on the ballot in April.
Six of the eight candidates have set up Facebook campaign pages:
- Chandler https://www.facebook.com/BradChandlerForSchoolBoard
- Collins https://www.facebook.com/SheltaCollinsForSchoolBoard?fref=ts
- Fabing https://www.facebook.com/PattyFabingForSchoolBoard
- Limer https://www.facebook.com/brett.limer?fref=ts
- Shippy https://www.facebook.com/ShippyUSD231
- Waldman https://www.facebook.com/DuaneWaldmanforUSD231SchoolBoard
In addition, Limer has two campaign websites:
School board members are citizens who volunteer without pay to determine the policies the superintendent uses to administer the district. The superintendent works for them, and they are responsible for tasks such as long-range planning, establishing the salaries and benefits of certified teachers, approving the annual budget and calling elections for tax levies and bond proposals.
Sample ballots for the Gardner Edgerton school board race are available from the Johnson County Election Office.
Elections will take place Tuesday, April 2, on both sides of the state line in the Kansas City metropolitan area.
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