DANVILLE — Nine candidates are vying for four seats on the Danville District 118 school board.
The candidates seeking election to the school board are incumbents Dr. Randal Ashton, Dan Brown, Greg Hilleary and Frank Young and newcomers Johnnie Carey, Darlene Halloran, Lon Henderson, Phyllis Roth and David Woodrow.
The four-year terms that are expiring are for Dr. Ashton, Brown, Hilleary and Young.
The Commercial-News asked questions of the District 118 school board candidates running in the April 9 consolidated election through surveys.
Why are you running for school board? Why do you think you would/you will continue to be a good board member?
Ashton: Our district faces several challenges that will require tough and thoughtful decisions. As a parent of two Danville High School graduates, I want to see our school district continue to succeed. Throughout the past 25 years, I have served on various dental and community boards. Problem solving within a group setting and being able to come to a resolution are my strengths. I weigh all factors and listen to both sides before deciding how to vote.
Brown: I’ve served on the board for nearly eight years. I’m very proud of District 118 and the opportunities it provides to the students, their parents and the community. Over the last few years, the school district has adjusted for changes in our community and the expectation of our educational system. I would like to continue to be part of that organization as we further attempt to adjust to the current economic challenges.
Carey: I am running for the board of education because I believe in this community and I would like to give back to a district that has given so much to me. I feel that it is my civic duty to give back. The reason I will be a good board member is because I have the educational background and educational experience to deal with policy and procedures that govern the district.