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Three more file for Clover school board seat

Jessica Cody
Jessica Cody

All three seats up for grabs on the Clover School District Board of Trustee now have candidates.

Dennis Cameron of Clover filed Friday morning for seat 3, and will face incumbent Liz Johnson, who filed Aug. 8 to run again.

Jessica Cominsky Cody of York filed Thursday for the at-large seat currently held by Melanie Wilson, also serving as vice chair. James H. Young of Clover also filed to run for the at-large seat on Friday.

“I have no agenda in this election, I just feel like I have a good head on my shoulders and would always vote my conscience, and make the best decisions I can for every child in the district,” she states on her Facebook page “Jessica Cody for Clover School Board 2016.”

Wilson has not announced her intentions.

Ginger Gibson Marr filed Aug. 5 for seat 4, currently held for 24 years by Franklin Pendleton. Pendleton said he does not intend to run again.

Filing continues through noon Aug. 15. Voters will decide during the general election Nov. 8.

Cody is a 1993 Clover High School graduate.

“I’ve been very lucky to live most of my life in Clover,” she said. “We could not wait to get our children to the Clover School District.”

The mother of two sons, both in middle school, enjoys watching school sports, Lego Robotics and has served on the Bethany PTO president for two years and board for four. She is part of the town’s Live Well Clover and is part of Moped to Memphis. She serves on the Eat Smart Move More York County board as coalition coach for Let’s Go! BCBS grant. She was chosen as one of 75 High Voltage Heroes of the community by York Electric.

“I have years of experience working with board members and making decisions that better our community and students,” Cody said.

Johnson was appointed to fill the vacated seat before winning the 2012 election against Marr.

“I have decided to throw my name in the hat once again for the Clover School Board election,” Marr says on her Facebook page Ginger Marr for Clover School Board. “My reasons for seeking a seat haven’t changed since the 2012 election, but I am now even more eager to help in making our district the best in the state and region.”

Marr is a lifelong Clover resident and mother of two. She works at Queens University in Charlotte. She is a former PTO president and has volunteered with School Improvement Council, Clover High School Choraliers Board, Clover LEAF Foundation Board, AdvanceEd district accreditation parent committee, and the district’s Teacher of the Year Selection Committee, according to her Facebook page.

“I am interested in doing all that I can to ensure that our schools continue to provide an academically challenging curriculum taught by highly-qualified educators in safe, top-notch school facilities. My goal is to see our district continue to excel and improve and be a leader in the state and region.”

Candidates interested in running for a seat must live in the election district in which they plan to run, unless they would like to run for an at-large seat, in which case they can live anywhere in the school district. Filing for the election must be completed at a county election office.

School board elections are non-partisan. There is no filing fee, according to the Board of Voter Registration and Elections for York County website. Candidates must fill out forms for Statement of Intention of Candidacy Form – Non-Partisan and Statement of Economic Interests and Campaign Disclosure.

Other board members seats do not expire until 2018. They are Mack McCarter, chairman, at-large; Joe Gordon, seat 1; Sherri Ciurlik, seat 2; and Rob Wallace, seat 5.

School board members are not paid. The board meets formally once a month to discuss the district’s business, needs and concerns at the district office, 604 Bethel St. The board chairman may call special meetings as needed.

Catherine Muccigrosso: 803-831-8166, @LakeWyliePilot