A woman with 15 years on the Turner school board in Kansas City, Kan., filed Friday as a Democratic candidate for Kansas State Board of Education.
Janet Waugh, 56, seeks to fill the District 1 BOE seat being vacated by fellow Democrat Mildred McMillon of Tonganoxie. The district covers Jefferson, Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties.
McMillon will have served 12 years when she retires from the post in January.
Waugh, who has been president of the Turner school board for the past seven years, is manager of Sav-on Auto Sales in Kansas City, a used-car dealership owned by her family.
She is the mother of two grown children, both of whom are school teachers.
``My involvement in education started out many years ago in PTA,'' she said. ``I've served in every position locally from room mother to second vice president of the state PTA....
``I never really had thought beyond the local level until I received several calls from people telling me Mildred was retiring and encouraging me to run,'' she said. ``I've done a lot of researching and soul searching and have decided to take a stab at it.''
As of Friday, no other candidate, Republican or Democrat, had filed for the seat.