Candidates file for local school board races

By: Maria Allard | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published September 7, 2018

 Several candidates have filed to run for local school board races that will be on the ballot Nov. 6.

Several candidates have filed to run for local school board races that will be on the ballot Nov. 6.

File photo by Deb Jacques

CENTER LINE/STERLING HEIGHTS/WARREN — A number of candidates have filed to run for school board seats in their prospective districts. The deadline to file was 4 p.m. July 24.

School board elections will be held during the general election Nov. 6.

In Center Line Public Schools, incumbents Shelley Harenski and Henry Newnan filed to run for the two open six-year terms. In the same district, Daniel Taylor and Wendy Watters will run against each other for one partial term ending Dec. 31, 2020.

In Fitzgerald Public Schools, incumbents Judy Furgal and Julia Yokel filed, as did newcomer Sadia Jiban, for the two open six-year terms. Anne Covert filed to run for a partial term that ends Dec. 31, 2022. Covert was appointed this past summer to the board after Mary McKenny, who moved out of the district, stepped down.

Fitzgerald also has another school board race for a partial term ending Dec. 31, 2020. At press time, no one had filed to run. According to FPS officials, if there is no one to fill the open position, the board will appoint someone. Interested candidates will be able to apply for the position, and board members will undergo an interview and selection process to appoint a new board member.

In Van Dyke Public Schools, incumbents David Cowlbeck, Charlene Johnson-El and Mark Kedzior filed to run for the three open six-year terms.

In Warren Consolidated Schools, incumbents Leah Berdy and Brian White will run unopposed for two six-year terms, while Carl Weckerle will run unopposed for one partial term ending Dec. 31, 2020.  

Warren Woods Public Schools has five candidates running for three six-year terms. Incumbents Donald Marx, Michael Schulte and Kay Walsh will face challengers Mitchell Bonga and Scott Hiller.

The partial terms are primarily the result of past school board members who resigned from their positions, and someone was appointed by the board to fill the vacancy until the term ends.

The new terms begin Jan. 1, 2019.

Polls on Election Day will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 6.