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 Eight Seeking CAB School Board Seats

February 27, 2008 - Whether they're looking to make changes or continue the same course of direction, voters are guaranteed choices when they go to the polls for the Charles A. Beard Memorial School Corporation's May 6 school board election.

Held the same time as primaries for county, state and federal offices, the CAB election will feature three incumbents and five challengers vying for four of the board's seven seats. With eight, the CAB race drew the highest number of candidates among the county's five school board elections as of last Friday's filing deadline.

Two of the CAB School Board seats up for election are from Wayne Township, and there is one each from Greensboro Township and Ripley Township in Rush County. Of the two Wayne Township seats, one is a "lag" position with a term that won't start until July 1, 2009, a year later than the other three.

The three CAB incumbents seeking reelection are President Mike Fruth (Ripley), Debi Ware (Greensboro) and Leah Kopp (Wayne). A fourth incumbent, Larry Selvidge (Wayne), opted not to run.

Fruth will face two challengers in the Ripley Township race: Jeremy Howard and Tim Wehr. In Wayne Township, challengers Mark Fort and Brian Smith will take on each other and Kopp for those two seats, while Ware faces a challenge from Steve Dalton.

Ware was the first CAB candidate to file her petition of nomination, doing so on Jan. 25. Fort filed his petition Jan. 30, and Kopp and Dalton followed on Feb. 5 and Feb. 13, respectively. Smith filed his petition Feb. 20.

Up until just two days before the Feb. 22 filing deadline, no candidates had filed to run for the Ripley Township seat Fruth holds. Howard was the first to file his petition of nomination for this position on Feb. 20, followed by Fruth the next day and Wehr the day after that.

Three of the school board's seven seats - one from each township - are not up for election this year. The members holding those positions, Vice President Wade Beatty (Ripley), Kevin Knott (Wayne) and Ron Womack (Greensboro), do not stand for reelection until May 2010.

Although the CAB School Board's seven seats are divided up between the district's three townships, the positions are effectively treated as at-large seats for purposes of the election. Registered voters in Wayne, Greensboro and Ripley townships are permitted to vote for all of the school board positions up for election, not just the one for their township of residence.



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