Five candidates are seeking a trio of three-year seats this April on the Seymour R-II Board of Education.

Filing for the local school board ended last Tuesday.

Election day is Tuesday, April 7.

On the final day of filing, a new candidate entered the race as David Herion, a former board member and past president, joined the field.

He joins a race that includes incumbents Debbie Baker, Bob Crump and Kim Wilkins, as well as Brad Leonard.

Wilkins’ service on Seymour’s school board extends through parts of four decades as she’s served a total of eight three-year terms, including several stints as the president.

Baker is completing her second three-year term as a board member, while Crump is completing his first term after previously serving two terms several years prior.

Leonard is a political newcomer. He is a Seymour High School graduate who is a retired U.S. Army officer, as well as a Seymour business owner.

Herion last served on the board three years ago.

His wife, Linda, a longtime Seymour High School teacher, also is a former member of the school board, who resigned her seat more than a decade ago before she assumed her current teaching position here.

Linda Herion currently is engaged in a federal civil lawsuit against the Seymour R-II School District alleging job discrimination, where her demand is $1 million. The suit is related to actions allegedly taken in 2017 by two school administrators no longer employed at Seymour with a trial date set for June 2021.

Other members of the school board include Ashley Kelley, Stacy Kleier, Josh Wright and Heidi Young.

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