Yukon School Board members draw challengers

Elections ahead in 2021

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From Staff Reports

Three Yukon Schools Board of Education members have drawn challengers for an upcoming election in the district.

It is the first time since 2012 that there has been a race for a school board seat in the Yukon district, a district spokeswoman reports.

The election is set for Tuesday, April 6, 2021. The winners will be sworn in at the May 3, 2021, board meeting.

School Board President Suzanne R. Cannon, Office 1, Michele Hawthorne, Office 4 and Office 5 board member Don Rowe will be in races to keep their seats on the board in April.

In-person, virtual and distance learning has been an issue in the district since the pandemic started in March. Yukon Schools started the year with remote learning and went to in-person learning in September. The district went back to remote learning after Thanksgiving but will return to in-person learning Jan. 11, 2021.

Filing at the Canadian County Election Board for Office 1 were Cannon, of Oklahoma City, and Andrew Lewis, of Yukon.

The filing period ended at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9.

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Cannon was elected as board president by the board members in July.

It is her third time to serve the board as president. She has been on the school board for 10 years.

Filing in Office 4, for an unexpired term, are candidates Brian Coulson, of Yukon, and Michele Hawthorne, Yukon, incumbent.

Hawthorne was appointed to fill the Office 4 vacancy in February.

Hawthorne succeeded Jeff Behymer as Office 4 representative. Behymer – who had served since July 2016 – then resigned in December 2019 after moving to a home outside Office 4.

In Office 5, the unexpired term is open for election, and incumbent Don Rowe, Yukon, will face challenger Cody Sanders, of Yukon.

Rowe took the oath of office at the Sept. 8th Yukon Public Schools’ Board of Education meeting to fill the Office 5 vacancy.

Rowe, who previously served as the board’s Office 3 representative, was appointed in August to complete a five-year term.

The Office 5 seat was vacant after Rex VanMeter did not seek re-election to a second term and no eligible candidate filed to succeed him.

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