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September 19, 2018

Six Running For Hannibal Board of Education


Six people want the often-thankless job of serving on the Hannibal Board of Education. The list includes two men who have served on the board in the past. It does not include the two board members whose terms are up this year.

Monday was the deadline for potential candidates to file their nominating petitions. Superintendent of Schools Mike DiFabio said that six people turned in petitions:

  • Gregory Stupp Jr., of 882 66 Road, Hannibal;
  • Georgianna Otis, of 336 Church St., Hannibal;
  • Erin Hess, of 87 Fowler Road, Oswego;
  • K. Michael LaFurney, of 1447 County Route 3, Hannibal;
  • Madeline Pittorf, of 678 County Route 21, Hannibal;
  • Robert Kidd, of 58 County Route 36, Hannibal.

Mike LaFurney and Rob Kidd are former members of the board.

Last week, LaFurney presented a petition to the Board of Education calling for a public vote on reducing the size of the board from 9 members to 7. “Better to have 7 people who show up,” he said at the time.

Board member Randy Sivers had just resigned, citing work schedule conflicts that had caused him to miss several meetings.

Incumbent board president Dale Young did not file petitions to run. And last week, board member Robert Gillen said he would take a year off before running again. He’s recovering from a health problem and said he was “only 88 percent”.

Voters will pick three board representatives from among these six candidates.  One will serve the final year of Sivers’ term while two others will serve five-year terms.  The vote takes place May 18 at the same time as the vote on a new school budget.

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