Candidates share views in online forum

School board candidates shared their views on local education issues at an online forum Thursday evening.

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September 17, 2021 - 4:26 PM

Jocelyn Tupper, left, talks with school board candidates at a forum Thursday. From left, are Sofie Alexander, Mandey Coltrane, Robin Griffin-Lohman and John Wilson. Photo by Tim Stauffer / Iola Register

Voters got their first chance to hear from four candidates for the USD 257 Board of Education Thursday evening, even if the opportunity came via a screen.

Wesley United Methodist Church of Iola hosted a forum broadcast via Facebook Live at their Foundry location on South Kentucky. Participating were Sofie Alexander, Mandey Coltrane, Robin Griffin-Lohman and John Wilson. None has previously held public office.

The four candidates are vying for three at-large seats on the USD 257 Board of Education. The election is Tuesday, Nov. 2. Current members Jennifer Coltrane, Jared Larkey and Nancy Toland will end their service.

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