This is the first installment in a series introducing 2013 local election matchups.

Age: 43

Education: Graduated from Canton-Galva attended Fort Hays State University

Occupation: Work for Bradbury Company in Moundridge in the assembly department for 12 years

Experience: First-year running

1. Why are you running for school board?

I have two children currently in the district, so I would like to be involved in decisions on their education. Also, I became interested having worked with the school board while serving on the school bond committee.

2. What would you like to accomplish as a school board member?

I would like to continue to keep the level of education at the highest level. Expanding the curriculum would also be another goal.

3. What if anything do you think the state needs to do to reform the school funding formula?

The state needs to increase the base state aid per pupil for schools.

4. What role do you think the Kansas Legislature and courts should have in determining funding and curriculum for Kansas' schools? What role do you think local school boards should have?

Kansas Legislature and Courts should make school funding a top priority and avoid any spending cuts for education. The curriculum should be decided by school administration, teachers and school board, not by the state legislature and courts.