Rockingham Candidates To Meet At Forum

School Board Hopefuls To Field Questions Tonight At Spotswood

Posted: October 29, 2013

HARRISONBURG — The Rockingham County Education Association and Shenandoah District PTA are hosting a forum tonight to give voters a chance to hear from this year’s candidates for Rockingham County School Board.


The event, which will take place in the Spotswood High School Auditorium, is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. and last until 9.


A week from today, area residents will cast votes for two seats on the five-member board.


The District 1 seat — which includes the attendance areas for J. Frank Hillyard Middle School, Fulks Run, John C. Myers, Plains and Lacey Spring elementary schools and Broadway High School — and the District 3 seat — which includes attendance areas for Spotswood High School, Montevideo Middle School and Cub Run and South River elementary schools — are up for grabs.


The incumbent board members in District 1 and District 3 — Anthony Slater and John Myers, respectively — are not seeking re-election.


District 1 candidates are LaDonna Shiflet, 51, of Broadway and Richard Fulk, 70, of Broadway, who is waging a write-in campaign for the seat. District 3 candidates are Renee Reed, 51, who lives east of Harrisonburg, Jim Elmore, 59, of Penn Laird, and Dave Briggman, 50, of Keezletown.


RCEA President Carole Barber said that Shiflet, Reed and Elmore confirmed they would attend the forum. Briggman also confirmed he would attend.


As of Monday evening, Fulk was still trying to work out a scheduling conflict.


Rockingham County Supervisor Bill Kyger will moderate the forum. Each candidate will be given three minutes at the beginning and end of the event to make statements. Candidates also will have three minutes each to answer questions from Kyger, which were gathered based on surveys sent out by the RCEA and PTA.


After all candidates have responded, each one will have the opportunity for a two-minute rebuttal. No questions will be taken from the floor, but attendees may write down questions and submit them for consideration.


“We don’t want a lot of repeats,” Barber said.


Barber said it’s important for voters — even those outside the board’s districts in question — to attend the forum.


“The School Board makes all the decisions about the entire school system,” she said. “They don’t just make decisions for their district, they make decisions for the entire system. So, we would like for people to come encourage their friends in those districts to come out and vote.”


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