Four now run for CM board


By Nathan Kraatz - nkraatz@civitasmedia.com



WILMINGTON — The Clinton County Board of Elections certified several write-in candidates for the City of Wilmington and Clinton-Massie school boards on Tuesday.

Lynn Deatherage, Kathleen Norman and David Webb filed as write-in candidates to run for one board member position for Clinton-Massie Local School District. They join Christopher Harrison, the appointed incumbent whose name will be on the ballot.

The four will vie for two seats.

Also certified was Paul Fear, Wilmington City Treasurer, who announced his write-in candidacy for mayor at a Wilmington Council meeting Aug. 20. Fear will face John Stanforth, who won the Republican nomination in May.

The candidates for Clinton-Massie Local School District, in alphabetical order:

Deatherage

Deatherage is a former board member for CMLSD, who served for 12 years, including six as board president, and didn’t seek re-election in 2013. She told the Wilmington News Journal she didn’t seek re-election because a family member was diagnosed with a terminal disease.

She said she had to “put the needs of family ahead of board service.”

“I was disappointed that there was only one petition filed, and I was willing to put my experience and understanding of the role to use for the community,” said Deatherage. “I think I bring community awareness, fiscal conservancy and experience to the board.”

Harrison

Harrison was appointed to the board in August 2014 when then-vice president Jamie Rudy resigned.

Previously, he has been a council member and mayor of Harveysburg in Warren County, where he resides.

Harrison, who has two children attending Clinton-Massie schools, said he ran in 2013 and this year “to take an active role in my children’s school and doing what I can do to help.”

“A couple years ago there was a lot of concern over the district’s financial future,” Harrison said. “I thought that was a great opportunity to help the school district – trying to shape what we needed to do.”

Norman

“The district is facing a lot of challenges, and when I heard that there were two seats, but only one person on the ballot, I decided to throw my hat into the ring,” said Norman, who has two children in the district’s schools.

Norman does communications work for the parent-teacher organization, sits on the Clinton-Massie Local Schools Foundation board and is advises Clinton-Massie youth participating in Leadership Clinton’s youth collaboration.

“My kids are young enough that I want to help influence the future of the school district,” Norman said. “I think the school district has a lot going for it, and I think it’s important to keep that momentum going for it.”

Webb

“I’ve lived all my life in Clinton-Massie’s school district,” said Webb. “I’ve been an Adams Township trustee for 27 years, so I’m retired from that (and) retired from the postal service, so I have time to commit to Clinton-Massie schools.”

Webb said he wanted to be a board member in order “to see where the money is going,” citing increases in Current Agricultural Use Value taxes – taxes which affect farmers like Webb.

Webb is also father of Tyler Webb, a current Adams Township trustee.

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By Nathan Kraatz

nkraatz@civitasmedia.com