The filing period for school board races ended on Tuesday, July 11 and the Paris School District is going to see a rare, contested race for a spot.
Board member Cory Wells of Paris, who is seeking his second, five-year term on the Paris School Board, is being challenged by Adam Johnson of Carbon City. Wells is an attorney in Paris and also serves as Paris City Attorney. Johnson, a firefighter at Fort Chaffee, is making his first race for elective office. Wells was elected to the Position 4 seat he now holds in 2012 in an uncontested election.
According to Logan County Clerk Peggy Fitzjurls, there hasn’t been a contested race for Paris School Board since 2011. School board races take place each year.
The contested race in Paris isn’t the only one on the September ballot.
A crowded race for Position 3 on the Magazine School Board got even more crowded on the final day of the filing period as a fourth candidate completed the necessary ballot prerequisites.
Brent Haney turned in his final paperwork a few hours before the expiration of the noon filing period. Haney joins, in alphabetic order, Brandy Moore, Glenn M. Parrish and Michael Springer in competition for the lone board vacancy.
The quartet are looking to replace Manfred Phillips, who spent 10 years on the board and is not seeking a third term.
There will be no such excitement in Booneville as only incumbent board member Robert Haynes will appear on the ballot. Haynes has been on the board for about two years. He was first appointed to fill a vacancy then ran unopposed for the final year of that term. Now he lands a full five-year term.
The two spots on the ballot in the Scranton School District also drew one candidate each. Adam Fritche is seeking re-election to the Position 3 seat and Hilda Turner is seeking a full five-year term after serving one year to fill a vacancy. She holds Position 4 on the board.
Early voting for the election will be held Sept. 12 through Sept. 18 in the Logan County Clerk’s offices in the Booneville and Paris courthouses during regular business hours. All voting on Sept. 19 will be at the polls.