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Neighbors Growing Together | Nov 24, 2017

Two more school board candidates drop out

By Nicole Major, Ledger staff writer | Sep 06, 2017

In what’s being hailed as one of the largest school board races in Fairfield, several candidates have suspended their campaigns in the race for winning a seat on the Fairfield Community School District’s board of directors.

“I’ve suspended my campaign, and endorsed the candidates recommended by the Fairfield Community Education Association,” said John McKerley who was running for one of three, four-year term seats on the board.

Fairfield resident Chris Meador, who was also in the running for a four-year term, bowed out of the race.

“While I remain deeply committed to the improvement of our school district and the changes which need to be made, I am currently suspending my campaign due to the number of candidates — not wishing to splinter the votes,” Meador said. “I feel it is in the best interests of the district to not proceed at this time. I will keep my options open, and possibly run for the special election in October. I thank all of my supporters and encourage people to get out and vote for the changes which are needed. Everyone in the district needs to have a voice and that has not been happening the past few years.”

In addition to Meador and McKerley, Michael Lane also suspended his campaign, which The Ledger reported last week.

“Their names are still on the ballot, because it was too late for them to withdraw. The last day for them to withdraw was Aug. 8,” said Jefferson County deputy auditor Shannon Pearson. “However, they can run for the special election, which is Oct. 17.”

Election Day is next week on Sept. 12. Early voting is available at the courthouse.

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