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School board candidates to speak at public forum

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 10th, 2012

TORRINGTON – The Goshen County Education Association is hosting a Meet the School Board Candidates Public Forum at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17 in the Torrington High School Auditorium.

“People need to be well-educated on what these people stand for,” said Becky Nighswonger, GCEA president and first-grade teacher at Lingle-Fort Laramie Elementary. “This is a way for the community to come and listen to what these people have to say.”

It also gives voters the opportunity to meet all 16 candidates at one time. They are vying for five seats on the nine-member, nonpartisan Goshen County School Board.

Trustees Rob Branham, Clark House and Linda Johnson are running for re-election.

They are joined by 13 newcomers. These candidates are Ward Anderson, Michelle Baker, Christa Bartel and Chris Gaspers. Matthew Gordon, Dean Harshberger, Matt Jolovich and William McAnelly. Katherine Patrick, Valerie Peterson, Tim Toedter, Donna White and Gretchen Wollert.

Cory Horejs announced he was running for a seat and will appear on the ballot but has since dropped out of the race.

Nighswonger said that several years ago candidates for the school board were difficult to find.

“People were forming committees to encourage people to go out,” she said.

Now voters have several choices to make on Election Day.

Nighswonger said one factor in the number of candidates is the attention education gets locally and nationally.

“I think there’s just a lot going on in our district and even nationally,” she said. “People have a general interest in being able to help.”

Nighswonger said the GCEA has not yet decided on the format for the forum. GCEA members were to meet Tuesday in Torrington’s Trail Elementary to select a format.

A Goshen County Election Guide will also run in the Wednesday, Oct. 31, edition of the Torrington Telegram, in which all candidates on the general election ballot have the opportunity to respond to a questionnaire from the Telegram.

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