State senator among candidates for Kettering school board vacancy

More than 20 candidates have applied for the Kettering City Schools board of education seat being vacated by Julie Gilmore, who is resigning. FILE

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KETTERING – An Ohio state senator is among the applicants for a soon-to-be vacant Kettering City Schools board of education seat.

Sixth District Republican Peggy Lehner is one of 22 candidates for the seat longtime board member Julie Gilmore is vacating Oct. 1, according to information obtained in a public records request by the Dayton Daily News.

Lehner is term limited and is in her last months as a state legislator. A message left with her office was not returned Tuesday afternoon.

Aside from her, records show the candidates include: Richard W. Baldwin,Tony Bruzzese, Julie Burnside, Amy Damewood, John Eckelberry, Diane Farrell, Jonathan Hauge, Patricia M. Higgins, Marie Kriedman, Felicite Lashley-Lilly, Mark J. Martin, Laura A. McCall, Kevin Murachanian, Shelly Murphy, Griff M. Nowicki, Katie Richard, Chrissie Richards, Arthur R. Santoianni, Jyl Hall Smith, Bryan Suddith and Carrie Taylor.

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Candidate interviews were set to begin Tuesday night. The deadline for applications was Friday afternoon.

Each candidate will be interviewed for 15 minutes either Tuesday night or Thursday morning for the seat, said Dan Schall, treasurer and chief financial officer for the district.

The interviews began at 6 p.m. Tuesday and resume at 9 a.m. Thursday, with all discussions being held in executive session, Schall said.

By law, the board of education must wait 10 days from the date of the vacancy to vote to fill the seat, Schall said. It must also appoint a replacement at the first regular meeting after Oct. 10, which is scheduled for Oct. 20, he added.

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