School Board Qualifying Brings a Few Surprises

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By Dave Freneaux

Wednesday was the first day to qualify as a candidate for the School Board of the Central Community School System.  Qualifying ends Friday, July 9th.  In District 2, Marty Guilbeau, (see page 1 article), has elected not to seek another term.  Qualifying in District 2 today were Roxanne Atkinson, who owns the business Aerobics by Roxanne and is a former school teacher, and Jon Simmons, a Corporate Officer and Project Manager for Magnolia Constructors and the father of three children in the Central School System. In District 6, incumbent Ruby Foil qualified and will be challenged by qualifier Gerry Edgens, an Estimator for Turner Industries and the father of two students in the Central School System.
Qualifying today in other Districts were incumbents David Walker in District 3, Will Easley in District 4, Jim Gardner in District 5 and current School Board President Sharon Browning in District 7.  In District 1 Russell Starns is the incumbent and states that he intends to qualify by Friday., in fairness to all candidates, and in order avoid any appearance of bias, will delay any publication of photos or biographies until qualifying ends on Friday and all potential candidates have had an opportunity to qualify and supply information to the voters of Central. will also endeaver throughout this campaign season to treat coverage of all candidates equally both in information released and in photo opportunities.