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Candidates for board spots are unopposed

There’s not much doubt about who will take seats on school boards in Paris and Scranton once the annual school election takes place on Sept. 17.

The filing period for the spots closed last week with one candidate for each of the two seats to be filled in the election.

Incumbent Wanda Keener was the only candidate to file for the Position 5 seat on the Paris School Board. Toby Cook, a former Scranton School Board member, was the only person filing for Position 4 seat being vacated by board member Jill Sewell.

School board members serve five year terms.

Because there’s only one candidate in each race, only votes cast in early voting will be counted, according to Logan County Clerk Peggy Fitzjurls. Early voting will open on Sept. 10 and end on Sept. 16. Early votes can be cast at the Logan County Clerk’s office in the Logan County Courthouse in Paris from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Polls in the Paris and Scranton school districts will not be open on election day, Sept. 17, Fitzjurls said.

Keener is seeking a third, five-year term on the Paris School District Board. She has served on the board since 2003. She was a teacher in the Paris School District for 27 years before retiring in 1998.

Cook served two, five-year terms on the Scranton School District Board before deciding not to seek re-election in 2012. Cook is employed as the Assistant Superintendent for Support Services in the Clarksville School District.

Sewell is leaving the board after serving for the last 20 years.

“Twenty years is a long time to serve,” Sewell said last week.”

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