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Two file for Kansas City school board seat

A special election to fill a seat on the Kansas City school board has drawn two potential candidates.

Gunnar Hand and Stephen Himes submitted their petitions at the filing deadline Tuesday. The Kansas City Election Board now has to verify whether each candidate collected at least 250 valid signatures to get on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Hand, 31, is a city planner who attended parochial schools but thinks that Kansas City needs a strong public school system to reach its potential. His wife, Ashley, is leading a community effort to reopen Kansas City Public Schools’ Hale Cook School in Waldo.

Himes, 36, is a world literature teacher at St. Teresa’s Academy who said he wants to bring stability to the board and build community trust so that education decisions will continue to be made at the local level and not from Jefferson City.

They hope to win the 2nd Subdistrict seat that was vacated earlier this summer when Derek Richey moved out of state.

Joe Robertson, jrobertson@kcstar.com
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