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Election candidate profile: Nazim M. Abbess II

Mar. 26, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

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

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NAME: Nazim M. Abbess II

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: 41

EDUCATION: Grace Christian School, Huntington; Cleveland Institute of Electronics.

CURRENT OFFICE OR OCCUPATION (INCLUDE SPECIFIC YEARS SERVED): Technical Support Specialist, St. Mary's Medical Center, 1 1/2 years.

OTHER WORK HISTORY: Electronic Communications Technician, West Virginia State Police, 20 years.

FAMILY: wife, Karen Abbess; children, Stephanie Abbess and Matthew Abbess.

QUESTION & ANSWER: Do you think expeditionary learning is a good idea? Explain.

"My research on expeditionary learning has left me with some questions. There are very few schools across the nation that has implemented expeditionary learning, but it is important that we do further evaluation on this method."

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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