Voters in the Lawrence school district will choose from only four candidates to fill three seats in the April 2 election. That's far fewer candidates than in the last two school board elections.
The candidates include two incumbents, current board president Vanessa Sanburn and board member Bob Byers, as well as two political newcomers, Kristie Adair and Adina Morse.
Incumbent Mark Bradford, the top vote-getter in 2009 when eight candidates ran for three seats, did not file to run for a second term. In 2011, 10 candidates ran for four open seats.
No primary election will be necessary for the school board. The general election will be April 2.
Sanburn, 31, is finishing her first term on the board and has served since July 9 as the board president. Much of her tenure as president has been focused on developing a $92.5 million bond proposal to fund building improvements and technology upgrades throughout the district and to expand career and technical education programs. That bond proposal also will be on the April ballot.
Byers, 59, also is completing his first term on the board. He is an assistant program administrator at the Department of Children and Families, formerly known as Social and Rehabilitation Services. He has also supported the upcoming bond issue.
"I feel that there continue to be issues in the district that my experience will be helpful on," Byers said in announcing his bid for re-election.
Adair, 39, is making her first bid for public office. A native Tulsa, Okla., she moved to Lawrence in 2005 and is currently president and co-owner of Community Wireless Communications, a local internet service provider that operates under the name Wicked Broadband.
Adair is a former paraeducator in Tulsa at a school for English language learners. She worked in the prekindergarten program at the former East Heights Early Childhood Family Center.
Morse, 47, is a first-time candidate but was active in the 2011 school board race as treasurer for board member Randy Masten's campaign. A native of Lawrence, she is a former attorney and law professor who now describes herself as a full-time mother who also runs a wardrobe consulting business. She has been active in the Hillcrest School PTO.