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Election Q&A/Preview

Posted on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 1:04 pm

City of Vandalia’s Ward I race
I. Please give a brief biographical profile of yourself. (Information to include local family ties, family information, work background, etc.)-Try to keep it to no more than 450 words.
I am the daughter of Clarence and Carolyn (Kisor) Horton. Both of my parents are graduates of Vandalia High School. I have been married to Kevin Wenzel for 44 years and we have lived 37 of those years in Vandalia in the same house. Kevin and I have two sons, Jason and Craig. Both are graduates of Van-Far High School. Jason married B.J. Worland and they have two adorable children.
I graduated from the University of Missouri in December 1974 with a B.S. in Elementary Education. In August 1975, I began my teaching career at Community R-6 Elementary. While teaching at R-6, I earned my Master’s Degree in Elementary Administration from the University of Missouri. I retired from Community R-6 in 2007 after 32 years of teaching.
I am active in my community in several organizations. I believe this is a way to repay my mentors and to pay it forward. I enjoy being a participant in my community’s present and future. I am a faithful member of the United Methodist Church. In 2014, I received the Region 4 Distinguished Retiree award from the Missouri Retired Teachers Association. This award was based on my volunteer work and I was very honored to receive it.
I do lots of genealogy research through Audrain County Area Genealogical Society and the Vandalia Area Historical Society. I celebrate my family heritage and enjoy helping others find their family roots.
II. Several people in the community are expressing their concerns regarding how the City of Vandalia is currently operating. Why should some of these same residents vote for you on Election Day?
I am concerned about how the city of Vandalia is currently operating. I am not part of the City Council, so I am looking in from the outside. I was Ward 1 Alderman from 2010 to 2014. I understand how a City Council is supposed to function. To further that knowledge, I will enroll in the Missouri Municipal League’s Municipal Governance Institute to be a Certified Municipal Official. As a teacher, Continuing Education was a part of my career. I know that training for a job is always a good thing. The Municipal Governance Institute covers governance roles and city government in general. I will also invite the other aldermen to enroll in the Institute as there are cities where every alderman has this training.
I will think positively, look forward and pay attention. I like living in Vandalia and enjoy our small town atmosphere. On Tuesday, March 21, 2017, I stood with the crowd to celebrate the ground breaking for the new library. Right across the street is going to be the new YMCA. The citizens of Vandalia can be proud. I know we have areas that need improvement, but I don’t feel running down our town or its citizens helps that improvement. We need to build on our strengths and work to move the city forward. I will be a positive voice on the City Council. I have heard many of your concerns as I was campaigning. I thank those that came to the door to meet me and tell me what you wanted for Vandalia.
III. What are two to three areas of concern you have for the City of Vandalia? What will you do about each concern, if elected?
The citizens of Vandalia voted thirty years ago, to go to a City Administrator/City Council form of government. In voting to hire a City Administrator, the citizens were voting to move away from cronyism. They were expecting the city to have a chain of command and not to have micromanaging. At the last city council meeting, one of the city employees asked for a leader. He stated that morale was low, and this is because too many people are trying to manage.  As an alderman, I will be part of the group that hires a new city administrator. I will choose carefully, so that we hire a new city administrator that lasts more than seven months.
Vandalia’s current budget is a little over 4 million dollars. The administration of the city must control costs to make that money go as far as possible. The citizens deserve a well-designed budget that best spends their money. With all the regulations and laws, this necessitates having a trained person draft the budget. Currently, Vandalia is operating with the previous year’s budget, because the budget presented at the beginning of 2017 was not acceptable. When the new budget is presented, I will study it carefully, and watch that costs are controlled.
That is why I am asking for your vote on April 4, 2017.

I. Please give a brief biographical profile of yourself. (Information to include local family ties, family information, work background, etc.)-Try to keep it to no more than 450 words.
My name is Robert (Bob) Dunn and I am a candidate for Alderman in Ward #1.
I have lived in Vandalia since 1967 and have raised my family here in Ward#1. I worked for Harbison-Walker (HWR) for over 50 years at the Vandalia plant, and at other HWR plants throughout US, Canada, Mexico, and Brazil. I have been responsible for preparing and controlling budgets for a 40+ employee department, and involved in million dollar projects in US, Canada and Mexico.
• Served on Vandalia Housing Authority Board from its inception thru 2015.
• Served as a Volunteer for the meals on wheels program.
• Active member of Vandalia First Baptist Church.
• My wife and I were one of the first volunteer EMT’s to serve on the Van-Far Ambulance.
We raised our three children in Vandalia and they attended and graduated from Van-Far schools.

II. Several people in the community are expressing their concerns regarding how the City of Vandalia is currently operating. Why should some of these same residents vote for you on Election Day?
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III. What are two to three areas of concern you have for the City of Vandalia? What will you do about each concern, if elected?

My first goal if elected would be to represent/serve the citizens of Ward #1 as well as all citizens of Vandalia.
Some of my priorities are as follow:
• to review the city’s revenue and overall budget to insure the revenue is utilized wisely
• to insure equality in pay for all city employees
• to secure manufacturing/business/service jobs for our community if we are grow as a city.
• to will continue to pursue a permanent asphalt street program.
Vandalia is very fortunate to have secured a new YMCA and Library for area citizens to use.
I would appreciate your vote.
Thank You.

City of Farber race
The following is information requested from each candidate in the City of City of Farber’s Board of Alderman race. The information is to help local voters in casting their votes during the Tuesday, April 4 election. The candidates appear in the order they are on the ballot. Only one candidate submitted information to “The Vandalia Leader” in time for our publication. Letters were mailed to each candidate and messages were sent to candidates through Facebook. No information was received from candidates James E. Day, Jr. and Dwayne Hull.

I. Please give a brief biographical profile of yourself. (Information to include local family ties, family information, work background, etc.)-Try to keep it to no more than 450 words.
My name is Carolyn Ball and I am a candidate for Alderman for the city of Farber.  I was born and raised in Vandalia, Mo., the middle daughter of Vernon and Lee Love. I moved to Farber in 1967 after I married my husband, Ronnie Ball, and have lived in the community ever since. The Ball family has called Farber “home” for several generations.  We have two sons, Darryl (Shelia) and David, who have both made their homes in Farber. We have one grandson, Brandon, who is currently a student at MU in Columbia.
I am a graduate of Van-Far High School and have a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from William Woods University. Although I am currently retired, I have been employed at several jobs over the years.  I feel these jobs have allowed me to build a very diverse view of issues we face daily. Those jobs include the Farber Post Office, Tri-County Nursing Home, Harbison-Walker, Audrain Co. Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Wetterau Foods, and A.P. Green.  My most significant years of employment have been twelve years at North American Refractories in Farber and thirteen years with the State of Missouri at Montgomery City Youth Center and as head of the Personnel Dept. at WERDCC.  After my retirement, I decided to pursue my hobbies further and am currently the owner and operator of Tynlyzzy’s Antiques and Collectibles in Farber.
II. Why are you the best candidate to be voted into office?
I believe I am the best candidate for this office due to the personal investment my family has in Farber. When I moved to Farber, it was quite a different community than it is now. There were two gas stations, two restaurants, a grocery store, a barber shop, a bank, a doctor’s office, a laundromat, two brick plants (including C.E. Refractories), the telephone office, the post office, and the library. Only three of those original businesses remain today. There has been some recent growth in Farber with new businesses opening, however we need to attract more.
III. What are two to three concerns that you have regarding the City of Farber? How do you plan to address each of them once elected?
I want to see Farber grow and become a thriving community. I am ready to work with our new mayor and other city officials to make that happen. Many Farber residents take pride in their homes, only to have their property values lowered by surrounding properties. There are too many derelict vehicles and trash/weed filled lawns that deter home buyers and investors. There are city ordinances already in place to take care of this problem and they need to be enforced.
I will work hard to see that the city’s limited financial resources are spent wisely and help attain funding for necessary infrastructure improvements. I am willing to listen to the resident’s concerns and consider any ideas for improving our community.

City of Vandalia’s Ward III race
I. Please give a brief biographical profile of yourself. (Information to include local family ties, family information, work background, etc.)-Try to keep it to no more than 450 words.
I am Debbie Hopke, candidate for Ward 3 Alderman. My parents are Anita Hoyt and the late Glenroy Hoyt, both of whom grew up in the area and graduated from Farber High School. I graduated from Community R-6 High School and attended Northeast Missouri State University. When Daryl and I married we moved to Vandalia from the Laddonia area and have lived here for more than 35 years. We have two daughters and son-in-laws, one granddaughter, and three “grandpets”.
I entered the work force as a teller with First Bank of Montgomery County, Middletown, where I focused on new accounts and customer service. Within a few years, I was promoted to Assistant Cashier responsible for the tellers and daily operations of the bank – from scheduling, customer service, daily balancing, loan documentation and accuracy.
Green Supply, Inc. became my work home for the next 17 years, where I began in sales/law enforcement orders and was promoted to Purchasing Director within two years. I was responsible for maintaining inventory levels, placing orders, verifying invoices, pricing accuracy, meeting budget constraints, and negotiating with vendor representatives.
My daughters found new homes in college, and I found a new work home with the City of Vandalia for the next 9 years, beginning in late 2007. I was involved in budgeting, office practices, customer service, safety, risk management, employee communications, council meeting presentations and agenda items, Aquatic Center compliance, health insurance negotiations and everything else that involved solving problems. I also served as interim City Administrator.
When an opportunity arose in 2016 at Trailerman Trailers Inc. to develop a human resources department for a growing family owned business, I took the challenge. My new role focuses on all issues related to employees – hiring, discipline, benefits, evaluations, compliance, safety, developing policies, policy enforcement, government regulations, employer trends, payroll, etc.
II. Several people in the community are expressing their concerns regarding how the City of Vandalia is currently operating. Why should some of these same residents vote for you on Election Day?
Having worked in the private industry before coming to the City, I quickly learned to more carefully consider each question, answer, or policy change because of the potential impact on a community, not just an individual or group of individuals. The administrative decisions that are made through the leadership at City Hall and other departments, plus the policy making decisions from the board of alderman affect everyone who lives in Vandalia, so those decisions can’t be taken lightly. Those decisions require time and scrutiny, some longer than others. Those decisions and policies can’t be single minded, self-serving decisions, because those decisions will still affect Vandalia as a community.
I worked for the City during a time when there were important decisions and policies for the board of alderman to make. I worked for the City during a time when there were important administrative decisions to be made. I worked for the City when leaders, employees, administration, and elected officials knew their roles and respected the roles of the others involved in City decisions. Work was done, issues were discussed, problems were solved, and time was taken to ensure the best possible outcome for the residents. The employees knew who to go to for decisions and concerns. They knew who directed their work. They knew who had their back. They knew who they could count on.
Most people don’t like change, but I have never shied away from change and new challenges. However, the changes in operations at the City that have taken place over the last several years and most notably the last year isn’t the change that either Vandalia residents or employees deserve. I know what it takes to get Vandalia back to the place of good decision making, proper management as outlined by City Code, and leadership that the employees and residents need to continue to thrive and of which they can be proud. I worked in an administrative position when Vandalia was on the right track. I will be instrumental in getting Vandalia back to leadership that works. As always, I appreciate your support and vote on April 4th for me as your Ward 3 Alderman.
III. What are two to three areas of concern you have for the City of Vandalia? What will you do about each concern, if elected?
As with most organizations and businesses, lack of revenue and increase in expenses are always concerns. The City of Vandalia faces those same concerns, but that’s the responsibility of the administrative staff – to analyze and discuss issues on a daily basis and thoroughly review the revenues and expenses with the preparation and passage of the annual City budget. If there are policy decisions or additional expenditures to consider, then the board of alderman becomes involved to provide guidance as defined by City code. Government regulations and new legislation will never go away, so we must be prepared and financially responsible for those unplanned, but somewhat planned events. The City has responsibility to keep any unnecessary spending to a minimum. Keeping revenues and expenses in balance is a difficult task in the best of times; it’s an extremely difficult task in times of uncertainty and disruption in leadership.
In my opinion, uncertainty coupled with the lack of well informed, cooperative leadership is the biggest concern facing the City. Effective leadership is the key for the City, for businesses, for organizations, for just about everything. Elected officials should be clear on their roles and how the administrative staff and board of alderman should interact to maintain stability for all of Vandalia. As a result, the administrative staff can focus on their daily responsibilities knowing they have the support of the board. When lines get fuzzy and roles become unclear, instability surfaces and tensions rise.
Vandalia doesn’t need more instability. Vandalia needs to get back on track so we can be prepared to face the unexpected decisions with a strong, balanced effort between all branches of the City government. I was part of that City organization when we were on the right track. I will work to bring Vandalia back to the leadership that the residents and employees deserve.

I. Please give a brief biographical profile of yourself. (Information to include local family ties, family information, work background, etc.)-Try to keep it to no more than 450 words.
I was born in Evansville, Indiana. After graduation from high school I went to work for the Department of Naval Intelligence in Washington D.C., for one and a half years.
There I met Larry Peery, a 1961 Van-Far graduate who was serving in the United State Army at the Pentagon.
After he was discharged from the Army, we were married and I moved to Vandalia where I have lived for 52 years.
We have two sons, David, a 1989 Van-Far graduate. He and his wife Amanda live in Rolla and teach at Newburg R2 Schools.
Jason is a 1992 Van-Far graduate. He is General Manager of Saint Louis County Cab Co. His wife Kerry is employed by Regions Bank. They are the parents of two daughters, Colleen, 13 and Ashling, 8.
I was an employee of Vandalia Firestone for 24 years and United Credit Union for 7 years. I am a former Sunday School teacher, Cub Scout Den Mother, active volunteer leader for the Boy Scouts, and President of Van-Far Music Parents.
I also served on the Vandalia Park Board 40 years ago when we put playground equipment in Daniels, Partee, and Tri County Parks, some of which is still being used today. I have been retired since 2011 and have the time to devote to working for the good of the City of Vandalia.
II. Several people in the community are expressing their concerns regarding how the City of Vandalia is currently operating. Why should some of these same residents vote for you on Election Day?
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III. What are two to three areas of concern you have for the City of Vandalia? What will you do about each concern, if elected?
As someone who has no previous connection with the city government I will come to the job with no preconceived ideas. I want to be impartial and make decisions for the good of Vandalia on information given to me and not previously held ideas.
As someone who has been the victim of a crime I am committed to working with the police to make sure Vandalia is as safe as it can be. I would like to see communications between the police and citizens improved and will work to try and help this happen.
I would like to help create economic policy that will support existing businesses and attract new business to town. I will work with a new competent city administrator to help accomplish this goal.
I would like to see what can be accomplished in cleaning up the town, especially along the highway. Encourage the citizens to help clean up the town and be proud of our town once again.

Laddonia race for mayor
The following is information requested from each candidate in the City of Laddonia’s mayoral election race. The information is to help local voters in casting their votes during the Tuesday, April 4 election. The candidates appear in the order they are on the ballot.

I. Please give a brief biographical profile of yourself. (Information to include local family ties, family information, work background, etc.)-Try to keep it to no more than 450 words.
I was raised on a grain and livestock farm just south of Laddonia. I was in the last class to ever graduate from the Elementary School located in Laddonia and then went on to graduate high school from Community R-VI. I spent much of my boyhood time at the Laddonia ballpark, from first year peewee ball all the way thru senior year high school league. I remember the Laddonia ballpark had especially large crowds on the 4th of July. It was the place to be!
After high school graduation, I went away to Northeast Missouri State University in Kirksville(which is now Truman State University) and received a B.S. in Business Administration. Over the course of a 40+ year business career, I owned and managed several businesses in retail, radio, and the medical industries. Then in 2011, due to my family all still living in the Laddonia area, my wife and I moved back here. We bought a home on the northwest edge of Laddonia and live there now. Currently, my dad Wilmer Hanson, still lives on the family farm just south of Laddonia. My brother Don, and his wife Sharon, live in Laddonia. My older sister Vicki, and her husband Mike Dixon also live on a farm south of Laddonia. My younger sister Veanna, and her husband, Brian Snodgrass, live just west of Vandalia.
My wife, Glee, and I attend the Church of the Nazarene in Mexico. We enjoy the worship services and the great people of the church. Glee works for “The Vandalia Leader” newspaper. She is an accomplished musician, crafter, and quilter. Our oldest son Josiah, lives with us and works in Martinsburg. Our youngest son Micah, lives in Troy, Mo., and works in St. Louis. His wife Jenniffer is the Van-Far Elementary School art teacher. Our daughter, Lydia, lives in Sherman, Texas. Her husband, Brandon Powell, is pastor of the Church of the Nazarene there. They have blessed us with three grandchildren, two handsome boys and a beautiful little girl. All three are under three years of age.
Josiah and I enjoy raising pheasant and quail each summer. Pheasant and quail are such beautiful birds and both are excellent to have in the frying pan. For the past several years, during the school year, I have been working for the Community R-VI and Van-Far school districts as a substitute school teacher.
I (usually) enjoy working in the classroom with the kids, be they kindergartner’s, 6th graders, or seniors in high school.
II. Why are you the best candidate to be voted into office?
I have been on the board of aldermen for the past four years.
These four years of experience are important in knowing what has happened in the past few years. I don’t want to spend time doing what hasn’t worked before. My desire is to keep moving forward. In my management career, I have often dealt with the hard decisions. In business, there were always hard decisions in budgeting and finance, employment issues, and dealing with government agencies every day. I learned long ago, that especially with financial decisions, I seldom had the luxury of deciding between a good idea and a bad idea. Most of the time, the hardest decisions come because I had to choose between two good ideas. But often, I only had the time and money to do one idea well. That’s the way I see our city. There are many good things that we could do, but the truth is we can’t afford everything we would like. We have to prioritize, and then pick and choose.
Business experience, financial experience, decision making experience, and Laddonia
III. What are two to three concerns that you have regarding the City of Laddonia? How do you plan to address each of them once elected?
First, I believe the most important thing any city is responsible for to its citizens is to provide a good water and sewer system. Our water plant is old and we replaced some of the pumps this year. Other mechanical parts of the water plant also need to be updated as funds allow. The biggest problem in our city right now is our wastewater discharge system. The state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is requiring that we change our system. However, I believe that we need to come up with a much more cost effective method to fix this problem than what was decided by the board five years ago.
Secondly, I believe we should continue with the street repaving program that we started this past year. I believe we have the available funds to do more paving this year.
Thirdly, I believe we should continue Mayor Deimeke’s push to promote pride in Laddonia by enforcing very long-standing ordinances to clean up our town. Proper and timely mowing and weed eating, trimming trees and cutting sprouts, getting rid of brush piles and trash piles that have been laying around seemingly forever, junk autos and junk lawnmowers taken away, and dilapidated buildings fixed or torn down, are just some ways to make our town a better looking, cleaner, and healthier place to live. This improves property values for everyone. We have a good town that can look better if everyone does their part. We want more people and more businesses to come here and see the benefits of living and doing business in the small town of Laddonia, Mo.

I. Please give a brief biographical profile of yourself. (Information to include local family ties, family information, work background, etc.)-Try to keep it to no more than 450 words.
Eric Craft has lived in Laddonia for nearly six years with his wife Kathy of 25 years. He is currently retired and working from home. The couple has one son Wayne, who is about to serve his third tour in Iraq. The two previously lived in North Carolina. When on vacation in the area, the couple really liked it and decided to move into Audrain County. Eric’s brother Shawn Craft and his family also reside in Laddonia. Eric’s parents are Ed and Avis Craft. He recently served as an alderman.
II. Why are you the best candidate to be voted into office?
I am the best candidate because I’m here to listen to the people. “I want to hear what the people have to say.
We sit here and make adjustments and nobody is at the meeting. I want to get people there to speak their opinions so we are not making guesses for them.
I want to get the water project finished and finish paving our streets and everything. I’m going to try to be at the city hall office building two hours every day for anybody that has any questions to come in, talk to me, or call me.
III. What are two to three concerns that you have regarding the City of Laddonia? How do you plan to address each of them once elected?
One concern is getting these houses torn down and make the neighborhood better. Craft is concerned about the dilapidated buildings along with “junk autos and junk lawnmowers.”
He also said he wants to make the streets safer.
“I’d like to get another police officer,” he noted.
There’s also concern with the cemetery as we had a lot of problems with that last year. Hopefully we can get back in good with the cemetery association to help them out any way we can and keep everybody happy. (No alderman candidates submitted information for their race.)

R-VI School Board race
The following is information requested from each candidate in the Community R-VI School Board election race. The information is to help local voters in casting their votes during the Tuesday, April 4 election. The candidates appear in the order they are on the ballot. No information was received from candidate Joel Hays.

I. Please give a brief biographical profile of yourself. (Information to include local family ties, family information, work background, etc.)-Try to keep it to no more than 450 words.
My name is Bonnie Wilson and I live southeast of Laddonia on a farm with my husband, Harold. I retired in May 2016 from Community R-VI school district. I started my teaching career at Community R-VI in 1986. I taught pre-school, kindergarten, and first grade. My husband is a graduate of Community R-VI and my sons, Josh (2011) and Sean (2013) are also graduates of Community R-VI. I loved teaching in this wonderful district for my entire career and it would be an honor to serve on the school board now that I am retired.
II. Why are you the best candidate to be voted into office?
As a 30 year veteran teacher, I feel I have a lot to offer the district as a school board member. I am familiar with the day to day operations of the school and as a former educator, I understand the needs and responsibilities of the faculty and staff.
I also understand how decisions made at the federal, state, and local levels affect the duties of the district staff.
This will give me additional insight when I am making district decisions.
Additionally, I realize the importance of quality college and career readiness at the secondary level.
III. What are two to three concerns that you have regarding the Community R-VI School District? How do you plan to address each of them once elected?
Community R-VI is a wonderful school district. As a board member, I would focus on its continued improvement and success.
I would make it my responsibility to ensure the faculty and staff receive the tools necessary to provide the best educational environment possible for students. As a member of the Bright Futures committee, I will work to bridge the gap between school and family while increasing parent involvement in both the elementary, middle, and high school.
As a member of the Community R-VI school board, I will make sure there is open communication between staff, faculty, and the board of education.

I. Please give a brief biographical profile of yourself. (Information to include local family ties, family information, work background, etc.)-Try to keep it to no more than 450 words.
My name is Greg Fort. I am seeking my second term on the Community R6 School District Board of Education. I live and grew up in the Martinsburg community where I was raised on a family farm. I attended school at Community R6, graduating High School in 1984. My father was in the first freshman class at Community High when it opened in the fall of 1953. And now I have two sons currently attending at Community. I am married to Cindy Fort and we have two children. I am employed with Ennis Implement in Mexico, Mo. I am also a self employed farmer where I raise row crops and help with my sons livestock projects. My family and I attend Grace Lutheran Church in Wellsville.
II. Why are you the best candidate to be voted into office?
To answer the first question “Why are you the best candidate to be voted into office?” As an incumbent board member having served three years I have gained valuable knowledge and experience. In those three years I have learned about school finance, school policy and procedures, State regulations and requirements, effects of legislations, and the list goes on. While I have learned a lot I still have a lot to learn. I feel that experience is needed to be an effective board member. I try to use a common sense approach to decision making. I tend to listen more than I speak. And I always strive to seek what is best for the District as a whole.
III. What are two to three concerns that you have regarding the Community R-VI School District? How do you plan to address each of them once elected?
One area of concern that I have is assessment testing. Our district has struggled in the past with Math and English. While we have made improvements we still are not were we need to be. As a board member I would strive to hire quality teachers when there is a need to hire. Also I would encourage Administration to utilize teaching staff in a manner that would promote obtaining our goals.
A second concern that I have is finance. Currently our school is in a good financial position. However State and Federal funding is ever changing, which threatens our school’s financial position. As a board member I don’t have any control over what the State and Federal Government does except to speak with local legislators and advocate for schools when there is a need to do so. I will work as a board member with the superintendent to adopt budgets and make financial decisions based on available revenue.
I have stated before I do not have an axe to grind. I simply wish to serve and provide for a quality education for the students of this district. If elected I promise to continue to build on the experience I’ve gained in my first term. Thank you for the opportunity to serve this district.

I. Please give a brief biographical profile of yourself. (Information to include local family ties, family information, work background, etc.)-Try to keep it to no more than 450 words.
and II. Why are you the best candidate to be voted into office?
My name is Linda Gastler. I live in Martinsburg along with my husband Jim.  Jim was raised in Martinsburg and I have lived here for 28 years. We are the parents of three wonderful children who have all attended at Community R-VI. Our oldest daughter, Rachel Whalen and our son Justin are both graduates of Community R-6 High School. Our youngest daughter, Maddee, is currently a sophomore at R-6.
My husband and I operate a small insurance business in Martinsburg. I love providing this service to our community. I value the small business owner and the impact they have on the local economy. Our family also runs a row crop farm and cow/calf operation outside of town. I realize the true impact that agriculture has on our daily lives and am a strong advocate for sharing our farm story with others who do not have the privilege or understanding of farm life. We are members of Grace Lutheran Church in Wellsville. I am active in the community here through the Evangelism Committee and leading the churches youth group.
I have currently served on the Community R-6 School board for the past eight years and am now serving as the board treasurer. Being a small school we do not always have the funds that a larger school may have.  I feel the present board, along with our strong administration, has done an excellent job managing our funds to improve our facility, but most of all, offering our children what they need to become prepared for the “Real World.”  Rather that is work, college, trade school, or a career in the Military.
III. What are two to three concerns that you have regarding the Community R-VI School District? How do you plan to address each of them once elected?
I was asked, “What are your concerns with the School district.”  I would have to say I have no big concerns at this time.  The staff works very hard to keep our kids in their best interest and I feel the community has every right to be proud of what our school has become.
I have enjoyed serving on the Community R-6 School Board for the past eight years and I hope you will give me the opportunity to serve for another term.