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 - A Branch Campus of Franklin University

Urbana University, a branch campus of Franklin University, prepares students for successful and professional careers within a caring and supportive environment. Regionally well known for education and teacher preparation programs, Urbana was founded in 1850 and acquired by Franklin in 2014. Urbana’s 128-acre, residential campus nestled in heart of Ohio provides a background for students actively engaged in campus activities through 20 student-led academic, professional, performing arts, social and service organizations. Blue Knights athletics includes 17 NCAA Division II sports and three intercollegiate club sports. Urbana University is a division of Franklin University, which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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