Two of three board seats unopposed
One position on the Baldwin school board will be placed on the Feb. 27 primary election ballot. Three candidates filed for the Marion Springs position in the past week.
Blaine Cone, Chip Hornberger and Jay Pratt are seeking the four-year term currently held by Chris Ogle. Ogle, who is serving his second term, announced earlier this month that he would not seek re-election.
Two incumbents are seeking re-election to the board and are running unopposed. Board president Ed Schulte seeks a second term for the Vinland position. Board member Lonnie Broers also seeks a second term for the Baldwin City position.
The three candidates for the Marion Springs position which had attracted no candidates a week ago said they all want the Marion Springs area to have a good representative on the board. They also all said friends encouraged them to file as a candidate.
Cone, 42, has been actively involved in various boards and causes at Marion Springs. She has attended school board meetings for many years in those roles and wants to do more.
"I am running because I want to be actively participating in the best possible education system that we can provide our children," said Cone.
Hornberger, 47, has lived in the Marion Springs area all his life. He attended Central school, a one-room schoolhouse, before Marion Springs Elementary School was built and the Baldwin school district was unified. Over the years, he has served on school committees, including a facilities committee and a curriculum committee.
"I thought it was time to get more involved," said Hornberger. "My wife and I have always been active in school activities."
Hornberger is a dairy farmer. His wife is Jan, and they have a son, Clint, who is a senior at Baldwin High School. He said issues that concern him include a recent report from an architectural firm that recommends a new school, among other improvements to facilities; and developing a curriculum that prepares students for life experiences.
Hornberger welcomes the primary election for the position.
"I want good representation," he said. "I'm glad there is going to be a primary. It will give people a choice."
Pratt, 39, has a vested interest in education. He has returned to college full-time to become an educator. Running for the school board is something he knew he would do sometime.
"I've always been interested in running," Pratt said. "I didn't think I would run yet, but no one had filed. My biggest concern was getting some representation."
Pratt thinks board members should have opinions and explain the reasoning behind their votes.
"If we run and get elected, we should have opinions," Pratt said. "If I'm on there, I'm going to make a stand."
Pratt, who also raises cattle, has four children three attending Marion Springs Elementary School. His wife is Ann.
The primary election is Feb. 27. The general election is April 3.