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PORTA Education Association Invites Everyone to the "Meet the Candidate Night"

Local candidates running for PORTA CUSD District 202 School Board will join us for an interview session at the PORTA High School Library. We invite you to attend our “Meet the Candidate Night” so you will  have the opportunity to meet the candidates for the Board of Education, have an opportunity to hear responses to a defined set of questions and if time allows ask specific questions of the candidates. Forum moderator will be Neil Gurnsey, Assistant Vice-President of Petefish Skiles and Company Bank. We hope our “Meet the Candidates Night” will give everyone the opportunity to be a well-informed voter, so please come out and hear what the candidates have to say about a variety of issues and how they plan to serve the PORTA District.
The PORTA Board of Education will have 4 four year seats and 1 two year unexpired term seat open for election on April 2, 2019.  Returning members of the current Board of Education include Robert “Toby” Turek who resides in voting district T18NR7W, which includes the City of Petersburg and Lake Petersburg and Jeff Smith who resides in voting district T18NR8W on his family farm West of Petersburg.
The current election will have two separate contested seats which include a 4 year seat in which returning Board Member Craig Reincke will be opposed by Chris Henderson, both of whom reside in the Petersburg City and Lake voting area.  The second contested seat is a 2 year unexpired term seat that was created with the resignation of Jason Burris in August of 2018.  Candidates running for the 2 year seat are Jeremy Garner and William “Bill” Shaub both once again from the City of Petersburg and Lake voting area. 
Other candidates running for 4 year terms include incumbent Kevin Bettis and Brandy Zanger who both reside in the T18NR6W voting district or more commonly known Woodland Lakes and East of Petersburg voting area.  The final candidate and newly appointed member to the Board is Jeff Schoneweis who resides on his family Farm in the Tallula voting area. 
When the PORTA District was formed through consolidation it was determined that no more than three Board Members could reside inside any one voting district, ie T18NR7W.  During this election there are only two seats open in the Lake/City of Petersburg voting district and as such Henderson and Reincke will effectively be running for the same seat, as will Garner and Shaub for the 2 year unexpired term.  All others running for the Board of Education are running uncontested. 
To see the Candidate Bio's, please click here.