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Election candidate profile: Mary Neely

Mar. 22, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

The 2014 W.Va. primary election is Tuesday, May 13.

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NAME: Mary Neely

CANDIDATE FOR: Cabell County Board of Education (3 open seats, nonpartisan race)

DUTIES OF THE OFFICE: Board of Education members implement policies; set the annual budget; approve hiring, suspension and firing of all employees; and deal with major disciplinary matters with students. Members serve staggered, four-year terms. Board members are paid $160 per meeting for up to 50 meetings.

CITY: Huntington

BIOGRAPHY: AGE: 73

EDUCATION: St. Joseph High School and Marshall University.

CURRENT OFFICE OR OCCUPATION (INCLUDE SPECIFIC YEARS SERVED): Member, Cabell County Board of Education, 5 years.

OTHER WORK HISTORY: City Clerk, City of Huntington, 22 years; member, Huntington City Council, 12 years.

CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS: Cabell County Planning Commission, 2 years; Tri-State Transit Authority, 10 years to present; KYOVA Interstate Planning Commission, 10 years; West Virginia State Ethics Commission, 9 years; City of Huntington Foundation, 2 years.

FAMILY: Married with two adult children.

QUESTION & ANSWER: Do you think enough is done for academically talented students?

"I would hesitate to say that we do enough for any of our students. While I am confident that our teachers are continually pursuing ways to challenge all students, we should likewise be supporting the exploration of any and all new instructional strategies and learning experiences that challenge students at every level, including those who are more advanced academically."

ABOUT THE BOARD OF EDUCATION RACE: There are five districts in Cabell County, and no more than two people from the same district can be on the board of education at the same time. There are three open seats in the 2014 election. Incumbent board member Mary Neely, district 2, is seeking re-election. Challengers include Karen Nance, district 1; Samuel R. Moore, district 3; Nazim M. Abbess II, district 4; Scott Caserta, district 4; and Rhonda E. Smalley, district 4. The top votegetters win in a school board election, as long as no more than two are in the same district. In this election, only district 4 runs that risk. Because there is already one district 4 sitting member (Garland "Skip" Parsons) is a sitting member, only Abbess, Caserta or Smalley could win the second district 4 seat.

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