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8 Candidates Will Vie for 3 School Board Seats

No board members will be running for re-election in 2013.

Twinsburg City School District. Credit: Mitch Cooper
Twinsburg City School District. Credit: Mitch Cooper
The ballot is a little crowded for three open Twinsburg school board seats in the Nov. 5 election.

Eight candidates have officially filed to fill the seats left vacant by Paul Crosby, David Andrews and Steve Shebeck, who opted to not run again.

Here are the candidates, according to the Summit County Board of Elections:
  • Matt Cellura
  • Mark Curtis
  • Tina Davis
  • Rob Felber
  • Matt Fundak
  • Dave Leskovec
  • Kathy Turle-Waldron
  • Vance Venesky
"I knew there were three open seats and my kids are important to me," Cellura said. 

Cellura said he is worried about how the school district will do in the coming years if the financial forecasts, approved by the state, are true.

The forecast predicts the district will only have $1.8 million in reserves by 2016.

"I don't really want to see what happened in Strongsville happen here," Cellura said, referencing the teachers strike earlier this year. "I wanted to avoid that at all costs."

Venesky, current president of the Twinsburg Athletic Boosters, said he has had three girls go through the schools and wants what's best for the district. 

"I like doing things to help the kids," he said. "My main goal is to help the kids."

When Felber told Patch he was running in July, he said he has a vested interest with his own children going through the schools.

"I want to make an impact on the schools and community," Felber said. "As go the schools so goes the community."

"I have decided to run for the Twinsburg Board of Education because I believe I can make a difference," Turle-Waldron said.

The 45-year-resident has worked 20 years in the school system, had three children in the schools and a business owner. Turle-Waldron believes she can bring a lot to the table.

"I am extremely dedicated to the City of Twinsburg as well as the Twinsburg City schools and will always do my best," she said. "The children of Twinsburg City Schools will always be my number one priority if elected to this position."

--Story updated Aug. 15 at 4:53 p.m.--

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