School Board Race Update

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Monday, July 25, 2016, 8:36 am
Karessa Wheeler

There is less than a week remaining to file a nominating petition for Board of Education, and candidates have begun making their presence known on social media.

All candidates must file with the East Lansing City Clerk by 4 p.m. Tuesday July 26 for one of the three seats up for election this November. They need to submit a petition of at least 40 signatures, or pay a filing fee of $100.

Up for re-election are Trustees Kath Edsall, Hillary Henderson and Erin Graham. Edsall is the only one who has announced that she will be running for re-election.

Also announcing their candidacies are Michael Conlin, Kyle Guerrant, Nichole Martin and Sean Williams.

Conlin is professor of economics at Michigan State University. His research focuses on the finance of education. He has three children in East Lansing schools.

Edsall is a practicing veterinarian at the Capitol Area Humane Society. Herfamily consists of her wife of 7 weeks and 8 children, five of whom will be enrolled in ELPS this fall and three who went to ELPS for their entire careers and completed high school during the last five years

Guerrant is the deputy superintendent of administrative services at the Michigan Department of Education. He has three children in the East Lansing school system

Martin is Michigan Youth Opportunities Initiative Coordinator with the Michigan Department of Human Services, and has two children in the East Lansing school system.

Williams is supervisor of student instructional services for the Ingham County Intermediate School District. He currently has children in the 7th and 5th grades at East Lansing.

Most of the candidates have created online information sources. View Edsall’s here, Guerrant’s here, Martin’s here and William’s page here. If you are aware of a candidate information page for Conlin, please contact ELi at and we’ll update this story.

Petition forms may be obtained at the office of the Board of Education, 509 Burcham Drive, or at the East Lansing City Clerk’s office, 410 Abbot Road.

Editor's Note: this article was updated to correct errors in the description of candidate Kath Edsall's family.

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