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Perry, three incumbents running for school board

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Four candidates will run in the November election for three seats on the Hilliard school board.

Incumbents Paul Lambert, Andy Teater and Lisa Whiting will seek re-election against 20-year-old challenger Brian Perry.

School board seats are nonpartisan and have four-year terms.

Teater, 51, is completing his second term. He currently serves as board president.

Teater said he wants the opportunity to work with new Superintendent John Marschhausen and continue making Hilliard schools as excellent as possible.

"I'm proud of the job we have done and I want to be able to continue our work," Teater said. "I believe there also needs to be stable leadership on the board as we transition with a new superintendent."

Lambert, 59, is completing his first term.

"I hope to have the opportunity to continue serving the community," Lambert said. "We've done a lot of good work but there is more to do (and) I want to continue the work we've started."

Lambert also said he wanted the chance to work with Marschhausen, who replaced the retired Dale McVey this summer.

Whiting is seeking her second full term.

Whiting, 51, was appointed to the board in October 2007 and was elected to her first term in 2009.

"I am so proud of the work we have done together and so excited for our future," Whiting said.

Whiting said she also wants to work with Marschhausen.

Perry, a 2011 graduate of Hilliard Darby High School, said he can bring a student's perspective to the board.

Perry said he wants a chance to help the school board "work smarter."

"I want to be a board member to find ways to not only work harder but work smarter (and) to be more responsive to students, parents and professionals in the district," Perry said.

He cited the cutting of extracurricular activities as an example of an ineffective way to trim the district's operating costs.

Perry is studying political science at Capital University.

The deadline for candidates to file petitions for the November ballot was Aug. 7. The filing deadline for write-in candidates is Aug. 26, according to the Franklin County Board of Elections website.

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