Voters in the Turner School District have one choice to make in the April general election. Three candidates are competing for an open seat, while three incumbents are running uncontested.
Richard Hernandez Jr., Douglas Lockwood and Matthew D. Marine are vying to fill the unexpired seat left open following the accidental death last December of board President Randy Beery. Incumbents Joy D. Beery (Randy’s mother), Dennis L. Peters Jr. and Steve Russell filed to retain their seats.
So far, none have responded to an invitation to complete the KC Education Enterprise candidate survey.
Hernandez — a Turner High School student — is the only candidate with a Facebook campaign page.
The Kansas City Kansan published a profile of Lockwood.
And the Wyandotte Daily News published profiles of the three competing for the unexpired term.
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 Turner school board race are available from the Wyandotte 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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