CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Seven people, including incumbents Pete Thaw and Becky Jordon, will run for the three seats available on the Kanawha County Board of Education in May.
Other candidates include former Senate Minority Leader Vic Sprouse; Calvin McKinney, a former longtime principal in Kanawha County schools; Charleston attorney Ryan White; Kanawha County Schools special education mentor Tracey White and former school board and House of Delegates candidate Curtis Robinson.
The deadline to file for candidacy for the May 13 primary election was Saturday.
The three seats up for election on the five-member school board include those of board President Thaw and board member Jordon -- who are both running for re-election -- as well as Bill Raglin's, who died in November.
No more than two people on the school board can represent the same district. Jordon and Thaw represent District 2; Robinson, Sprouse and Ryan White would represent District 1; Tracy White and board member Jim Crawford would represent District 3; and McKinney and board member Robin Rector would represent District 4.
School board member Dennis Davis, who was elected to replace Raglin in the interim and represents the 3rd District, did not file for the full term.
Board members serve four-year terms.
Sprouse, a former member of the House of Delegates and the Senate, who served on the Senate Education Committee for 10 years, has been vocal about his stance on local education issues -- demanding that the board wait until May to make a decision on a new library levy attempt, and speaking out against the system's move to cut summer school programs.
Sprouse has a kindergartner in the Kanawha school system, as well as another child who will enter the system in two years.