Six people are running for three seats on the Fort Madison School Board during the Sept. 12 election. Tri States Public Radio spoke with each of the candidates about why they entered the race and some of their plans if elected, including Gayla Young.
Young is one of two incumbents in the field. She is finishing up her first term in office. Education is important to Young as she not only serves on the Fort Madison School Board, but she’s also a teacher in the Danville Community School District.
Young said she’s seeking a second term so she can continue working on some important projects, including generating community support for the bond referendum to build a new elementary school. She also wants to continue to provide open communication and transparency from the board to the community.
Young also feels that she provides a much-needed rural perspective on the board. She said she is a voice for farmers and people from small neighboring communities. She said she wants to make sure they feel they are part of the school district.
Early voting is underway in Lee County.