LOGAN, W.Va. — Civility reigned among the candidates at the Logan County Education Association (LCEA) Meet the Candidates Forum held Feb. 8 at Logan Middle School.
The raft of 13 men vying for the three available seats on the Logan County Board of Education (LCBOE) represented a wide variety of age groups, backgrounds and experience levels in the field of education.
Each candidate was given three minutes to address the public, and moderator and LCEA vice president Leah Clay guided the contenders through several questions.
Clay posed questions like, “Do you have any specific changes you want to make to district policies, programs or curricula? If so, what, why and how,” and, “Do you see yourself primarily as a representative of the community or as a representative of the school system?”
Candidates running for the LCBOE run non-partisan campaigns and represent one of three districts.
Candidates running from the eastern district are T.J. Blevins, Jeremy Farley, Roy Lambert, James “Jimmy” Porter and Jackson Traylor.
Darrell Edward Bias, Moss R. Burgess, Mark Noe and Ed White are running from the central district.
From the western district, Paul Hardesty, George Howes, Larry E. Rogers and Stephen Stapleton are running.
Each district has at least one representative on the board.
Candidates running from the western district are running to fill the seat vacated by outgoing vice president Mark McGrew.
At least one person running from the western district will be named to the LCBOE, and any variation of the remaining candidates from the western or other districts can fill the remaining two seats.
The primary election will be held Tuesday May 10.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]