33 school board seats up for grabs in Delaware and West Virginia

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May 9, 2014

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By Kayla McCann

A total of 14 school districts in Delaware and West Virginia will be holding school board elections on May 13, 2014. These races feature 53 candidates competing for 33 seats. Only five of these races are uncontested, and 27 incumbents are looking to retain their seats. While most races in the upcoming elections are not competitive, some West Virginia elections feature many candidates. In Wood County Schools, 10 candidates are competing for just three spots on the school board. Incumbents Jim Fox, Tad M. Wilson and Lawrence Hasbargen are seeking re-election against newcomers Ron Tice, Steve Smith, Ami Shaver, Rene Imler, Jimmy Asbury, Peggy Smith and Ponnie Piggott-Sampson. Board members are elected at-large, but represent different geographical districts. No more than two members elected from any magisterial district may serve on the board during a given term.

Similarly, the school board races in Kanawha County Schools and Raleigh County Schools each feature seven candidates competing for three open positions. Kanawha County Schools is dealing with a controversy involving the use of tap water in district schools following the Freedom Industries chemical spill in January 2014. When the district made the decision to return to using tap water for drinking and cooking in March 2014, some parents were unhappy with the decision and pushed for use of bottled water through the end of the year.[1] Raleigh County Schools named a new superintendent in April 2014 following the resignation of former superintendent, Jim Brown, in March 2014.[2][3]


Note: An (i) next to a candidate's name indicates incumbent status.


Appoquinimink School District

UncheckedBox.jpg Norman A. Abrams, Jr. (i)
UncheckedBox.jpg Debbie Harrington

Brandywine School District
Nominating District G

UncheckedBox.jpg Cheryl Siskin (i)

Christina School District
Nominating District D

UncheckedBox.jpg John M. Young (i)
UncheckedBox.jpg Martin W. Nicholson

Nominating District F

UncheckedBox.jpg Elizabeth C. Paige(i)

Colonial School District
Nominating District G

UncheckedBox.jpg John C. Megahan Sr.
UncheckedBox.jpg Melodie A. Spotts (i)

Red Clay Consolidated School District
District E

UncheckedBox.jpg Michael Piccio (i)
UncheckedBox.jpg Dennis Cini

West Virginia

Berkeley County Schools

UncheckedBox.jpg Darin Gilpin (i)
UncheckedBox.jpg Todd M. Beckwith (i)
UncheckedBox.jpg Patrick H. Murphy
UncheckedBox.jpg Michelle Barnes-Russell

Cabell County Schools

UncheckedBox.jpg Mary L. Neely (i)
UncheckedBox.jpg Karen Nance
UncheckedBox.jpg Samuel R. Moore
UncheckedBox.jpg Scott Caserta
UncheckedBox.jpg Rhonda E. Smalley
UncheckedBox.jpg Nazim M. Abbess II

Harrison County Schools

UncheckedBox.jpg David M. Sturm (i)
UncheckedBox.jpg Allen Gorrell (i)
UncheckedBox.jpg Michael Daugherty
UncheckedBox.jpg Kristin Messenger
UncheckedBox.jpg Frank Devono Jr.

Kanawha County Schools

UncheckedBox.jpg Becky Jordan (i)
UncheckedBox.jpg Pete Thaw (i)
UncheckedBox.jpg Curtis Robinson
UncheckedBox.jpg Ryan White
UncheckedBox.jpg Vic Sprouse
UncheckedBox.jpg Tracy White
UncheckedBox.jpg Calvin McKinney

Mercer County Schools

UncheckedBox.jpg Gilbert Bailey (i)
UncheckedBox.jpg Gregory S. Prudich (i)
UncheckedBox.jpg J.B. Hurt

Monongalia County Schools

UncheckedBox.jpg Barbara L. Parsons (i)
UncheckedBox.jpg Clarence Harvey, Jr. (i)
UncheckedBox.jpg Mike Kelly (i)
UncheckedBox.jpg Rob Core

Putnam County Schools

UncheckedBox.jpg Rob Cunningham (i)
UncheckedBox.jpg William Legg (i)
UncheckedBox.jpg Craig Spicer (i)
UncheckedBox.jpg Diana McCallister

Raleigh County Schools

UncheckedBox.jpg Larry D. Ford (i)
UncheckedBox.jpg Cindy Jafary (i)
UncheckedBox.jpg John P. Fernald (i)
UncheckedBox.jpg Jim Fraley
UncheckedBox.jpg Charlotte Hutchens
UncheckedBox.jpg Al Martine
UncheckedBox.jpg Marsha K. Smith

Wood County Schools

UncheckedBox.jpg Jim Fox (i)
UncheckedBox.jpg Tad M. Wilson (i)
UncheckedBox.jpg Lawrence Hasbargen (i)
UncheckedBox.jpg Ron Tice
UncheckedBox.jpg Steve Smith
UncheckedBox.jpg Ami Shaver
UncheckedBox.jpg Rene Imler
UncheckedBox.jpg Jimmy Asbury
UncheckedBox.jpg Peggy Smith
UncheckedBox.jpg Ponnie Piggott-Sampson

See also