Candidates line up for Oxford School Board
● By Steven Hoffman
There will likely be a lot of new faces on the Oxford School Board when the reorganization meeting takes place later this year.
According to a still-unofficial candidate list on the county’s Voter Services website, there are no incumbents in the races for four seats on the board.
There are, however, plenty of new faces.
Bruce Henderson has cross-filed and is seeking the Democratic and Republican nomination for an at-large seat on the school board. Kristen Dean, meanwhile, has filed to earn the Republican nomination for that at-large seat. This at-large seat is currently held by Rebecca Fetterolf, who was appointed to fill a vacancy on the board last year.
In Region I, which includes Upper Oxford, Lower Oxford East, and Oxford Borough East, Eric Owens is seeking the Democratic nomination, while David Severino and Kristen Dean are seeking the Republican nomination. This seat is currently held by Lorraine Durnan Bell. Bell did not file the paperwork to run for reelection to the school board, opting instead to enter the race to become the next mayor of Oxford Borough.
Charley Moore and Jenifer Warren, two first-time candidates for the Oxford School Board, have both cross-filed in Region III for a seat that is currently held by school board president Richard Orpneck. Region III is comprised of Elk Township and East Nottingham Township.
No candidates are currently listed as having filed for the Region II seat that is currently held by Stephen Gaspar.
The primary election on May 16 will determine who wins the Republican and Democratic nominations for the November general election. In Pennsylvania, school board candidates can cross-file to seek the nominations of both parties. A candidate who earns both nominations is in a strong position because he or she will earn straight-party votes on both the Republican and Democratic side in the general election.
Additionally, school board candidates can simultaneously seek an at-large seat and a seat in a particular region. If a candidate would win both seats in a general election, that person would need to decide which seat they would hold.