One newcomer enters school board race
The three expiring seats on the DeSoto school board failed to garner much interest from candidates.
Only one of the seats, position No. 6 currently held by Jim Plummer, will be contested this spring. DeSoto businessman Richard Brazukas filed to run against Plummer last week.
Incumbents Sandra Thierer of DeSoto and Jim Thomas of Shawnee will have no opposition on the ballot in their re-election bids. Thierer represents position No. 4, and Thomas position No. 5.
Plummer said if he wins, this would probably be his last term on the board. Another four-year term would take him through his daughter's senior year, he said.
"With all the building we're going through and the challenge of getting adequate state aid, I just felt I would be leaving in the middle of something if I didn't run," he said.
In a brief statement, Brazukas said he was running because he cared about education and schools.
Brazukas is currently a member of the DeSoto Planning Commission and unsuccessfully ran for the school board in the past.
With no primary, the April 3 election will essentially be an at-large contest. Voters from the entire district will decide between Brazukas and Plummer.