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Field set for JCPS school board elections

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- There will be at least one new face on the Jefferson County Board of Education next year, as one of the three incumbents announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election.

Chuck Haddaway, who represents District 4 -- a large portion of southwestern Jefferson County -- was first elected to the school board in 2011 and began his term in January 2012. He had previously told WDRB he intended to run for re-election.

"Recent changes in my life have caused a demand for more intentional focus and time on personal matters," Haddaway said in a tweet Tuesday morning. "Therefore, I will not seek re-election to the Jefferson County Board of Education."

In all, nine candidates have filed for the three open seats on the JCPS school board. The board oversees the development, operation, and improvement of the district, which has an annual budget of more than $1 billion and sets policy for the district's 100,000 students and 18,000 employees.

The three seats will be on the Nov. 8 general election ballot.

The candidates include:

District 2
David Jones Jr. - Incumbent

James Fletcher

Chris Kolb

Jones has represented District 2 -- which includes parts of Newburg, Germantown and St. Matthews, plus all of Crescent Hill and the Highlands -- since 2012. He has served as chairman of the school board since 2015.

Fletcher and Kolb filed their paperwork to run for election late Tuesday afternoon. Neither could be reached for immediate comment.

District 4
Benjamin Gies
Keisha Allen

Gies, 24, is a teacher in Oldham County. He is a graduate of Atherton High School and Bellarmine University and is running under the platform of: "The teacher's voice for education in south Louisville."

Allen, who lives in Shively, could not be reached for comment on Tuesday. 

District 7
Chris Brady - Incumbent
James Sexton
Scott Majors
Fritz Hollenbach

Brady, 45, is a Louisville native, a graduate of Western Kentucky University, and a medical technology trainer for Norton Healthcare.

"These next years will bring challenges and opportunities to our district," Brady said. "Experienced board leadership is critical to guiding our district through these changes; experience which I have obtained over these last few years of service.”

Sexton, a former longtime principal of Eastern High in Louisville and Jeffersonville High in southern Indiana, says he also brings a lot of experience to the table -- and adds that now that he's retired, he wants to watch out for taxpayers.

"No one has ever represented the taxpayer," Sexton said. "I will take care of students but someone needs to watch out for the taxpayers and make sure that our property taxes do not increase. I promise to always vote no on any potential tax increase."

Sexton, who is 73 and an Eastwood resident, said he also wants to "ensure that our schools are safe."

"There should be a police officer in every school, a nurse in every school," he said. "And there is money already in the budget to do all of these things without raising taxes."

Hollenbach, 62, is a former teacher, assistant principal and human resources executive. He lives in Fern Creek.

"I have been attending school board meetings for the last several years and it just seemed to me that I could contribute to the continuous efforts taking place in JCPS," Hollenbach said. "The district's strategic plan -- Vision 2020 -- is critical and I think there has been some uneven execution of that plan."

"We also need to look at our infrastructure and ensure we are allocating resources appropriately while being good stewards of the public's money," he said. "It's key that we retain and develop our talent -- not just teachers but all employee groups."

Majors could not be reached for comment on Tuesday.

Jefferson County is broken into seven school board districts and only one member is elected from each of those districts. Only those registered to vote in districts 2, 4 and 7 can vote in this year's election, and voters can only vote for the seat in the district in which they live. 

LINK | Which board member represents your school board district?

Under state law, board members may not act independently on official matters, they may act only as a group on board-related decisions.

The four other members of the school board, Diane Porter, Lisa Willner, Linda Duncan and Stephanie Horne, will be up for re-election in 2018.

School board members do not have a salary; they earn $75 per meeting they attend, not to exceed $3,000 annually.

Reporter Antoinette Konz can be reached at 585-0838 or @tkonz on Twitter. 

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