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By: Nate Morris, Senior Editor

TULSA, OK – After a three day filing period drew to a close, twelve total candidates emerged in the race to fill two seats on the Tulsa Board of Education.

The four year term for the District One school board seat, currently occupied by Gary Percefull, is expiring in February.  Percefull has chosen not to seek another term on the school board.  Ten individuals have decided to run in his place.

In order of filing time, they are:

  • Stacey Woolley
  • Kyle R. Wagner
  • DeAnna Cooper
  • Niki Grauberger
  • Nicholas Cains
  • Brenda Barre
  • Chris Freedom
  • Scott Carter
  • Nicole Nixon
  • Sarah-Anne Schumann

Jania Wester, the current board member for District Two who was sworn in after a lengthy appointment process following former board member Amy Shelton’s resignation, drew (Gary Copper) as her challenger in a race to fill the seat for the remaining two year of Shelton’s original term.

Because Wester only has one challenger, the race for District Two will be decided in a February 12, 2019 election.  Unless someone in the race for District One is able to take more than 50% of the vote in the February primary, the race will move to a runoff between the top two vote getters on April 2, 2019.

Cindy Decker, who represents District Five, has announced that she is stepping down from her seat on the board.  Her seat will be filled by board appointment.  Community members living in District Five will have the chance to apply and interview for the position after Decker resigns.

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