Press Release

Urbana University to Host Urbana School Board Candidate Forum


Sherry Mercurio
Director of Communications and Public Relations
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Urbana, OH (October 10, 2017)

Urbana University, a branch campus of Franklin University, is proud to announce it will host a public forum at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 11 in an effort to help provide local, county and regional voters have an opportunity to learn more about the candidates running for the Urbana City School Board. 

The forum, hosted in the Sara Landess Room in the campus Student Center, will provide attendees with the opportunity to learn more about and compare candidate positions on public issues in a neutral setting, as well as provide candidates with an opportunity to make voters aware of their positions on issues in an educational, multi-partisan format.

“Our democracy shouldn’t be taken for granted and requires participation from an intelligent electorate,” said Dr. Christopher Washington, Chief Executive Officer, Urbana University. “Urbana University has the capability to bring issues before citizens on an unbiased basis and provide them tools for decision making.  Since the role of UU is education, we are pleased to host a forum such as this for educational purposes.”

Candidates for school board span two ballot slots and four seats on the board. Nine people are vying for three seats: Tim Lacy, James B. Arter, Amy Shaloo Paul, Alyssa Dunham, John Birkhimer, Darrell Thomas, Jeffrey M. Hepp, Nicole Blair and Elizabeth DeWitt. The term for these seats expires Dec. 31, 2021.

Candidates Laura J. Reed and Sarah J. Finch will compete for an open seat, with an unexpired term that ends Dec. 31, 2019. This seat was held by Warren Stevens, who passed away from injuries in a motor vehicle accident in 2016 while serving on the board.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

About Urbana University

Founded in 1850, Urbana University serves more than 1800 students from around the world from its 128 acre campus nestled in the historic city of Urbana, Ohio. Known for innovative academic programs that feature personal attention from faculty, the University offers more than 30 undergraduate programs and several graduate degrees, delivering course work in class, online, or a combination of both. Blue Knights athletics includes 15 NCAA Division II sports along with intercollegiate bowling, cheerleading, and shooting sports.

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