A field of four candidates vying for the District 3 seat on the Tooele Board of Education will be narrowed to two in the June 25 primary.
District 3 representative Gene White is not seeking re-election.District 3 stretches from 400 North in Tooele north to Lake Point Junction, east to the Oquirrh Mountains and about five miles west of U-36. It includes Erda, Lake Point, Pine Canyon, Lincoln and Stansbury Park.
The District 1 and 2 seats are also up for grabs in November. In District 1, Myron Bateman and Donna Davis will compete for the seat held by Vivian Faddis, who is not seeking re-election. In District 2, Raymond Johnson and Jerry Medina seek the post held by Frank Mohlman, who will not seek re-election.
School board elections in Utah are nonpartisan.
Here is a brief look at the District 3 candidates:
Address: 405 Country Club, Stansbury Park
Occupation: Financial sales representative for First Security Bank.
Personal: Born in Aberdeen, Idaho, eight-year Tooele County resident, married to Murray Kendell, three boys and two girls ages 7 to 17.
Experience: Kendell is president of the Stansbury Park Community Association and has been on the association for eight years. She is past president of the local council of Beta Sigma Phi, a worldwide community service organization.
Why candidate is running: "I just want to see things improved," she said.
Favorite campaign issues: Tooele County's growth is the overriding problem facing the district, Kendell said. As a result, the board needs to focus on "providing more classrooms, keeping our classroom sizes at a minimum and maintaining a quality learning environment," she said. Kendell believes more vocational training and college preparatory classes are needed.
Reason you should vote for her: "I will listen to the voice of the community. I'm not going in with my own agenda. . . . I have the time, I feel I have proven leadership abilities and I'm very dependable."
Address: 566 N. Ericson, Tooele
Occupation: Recent graduate of Westminster College (bachelor's degree in marketing management), serving internship with Salt Lake Olympic Organizing Committee.
Personal: Born and reared in Lincoln; divorced with a 7-year-old son.
Experience: Past president of both the Salt Lake Community College chapter of Delta Epsilon Chi and the community college's alumni council.
Why candidate is running: "My son is in the school district along with most of his 23 cousins," he said. "I want to (improve) the one thing that's going to affect them, and that's their education."
Favorite campaign issues: "I'm not going to focus on any issue per se, beyond the fact that Tooele is just growing so fast," he said. "We need to decide how we're going to meet the demands of capital improvements."
Reason you should vote for him: "I'm bringing in the experience of working with various types of committees and organizations," he said, referring to jobs as marketing manager for Junior Achievement of Utah and division director of United Way. "I can relate to the students, faculty and administration."
Address: 223 Lakeview Drive, Stansbury Park
Occupation: Quality assurance engineer for Science Applications International Corp., former Grantsville High School teacher.
Personal: Native of Spokane, Wash., Gonzaga University graduate, three-year Utah resident, two-year resident of Tooele County, married to Jim Vickery, three children ages 7 to 12.
Experience: Worked in Tooele School District for two years.
Why candidate is running: "I'd like to see the school district reflect the needs of the current community," she said. "The community has changed, and there's a lot of planning changes that lie ahead. I want to be part of that."
Favorite campaign issues: The district, from the students to teachers to administrators, needs to be more accountable, Vickery said. Long-range planning is also a priority.
Reason you should vote for her: "I have experience in the educational field and experience within the district," she said. "I have a good handle on the issues and the current state of affairs within the district."
Address: 4306 N. Elk Lane, Erda
Occupation: Building systems consultant for Simplex Time Recorder Co.
Personal: Born and reared in Bountiful, 18-month Tooele County resident, wife Pat, three children from pre-vi-ous marriage.
Experience: This is his first run for public office. He was president of the Bennion Lions Club in the late 1980s.
Why candidate is running: "The people in Tooele need an experienced leader who can handle construction management because that's our biggest problem out here. We're going to have to spend $12 million on school construction in the next four years," said Wilson, who has managed an electrical engineering firm.
Favorite campaign issues: Wilson believes the Utah Board of Education should be asked to help resolve public education issues in Wendover and possibly fund school construction there.
Reason you should vote for him: "I think they need a leader experienced in construction and in dealing with money management in construction," he said.