Two School Board Members Unlikely to Seek Reelection

Tuesday, July 10, 2018, 8:18 am
Karessa Wheeler

Above: Standing L-R Kuhnmuench (standing), Martin, Hoene, Henderson and Chambers; Seated L-R  Graham, Powers and Superintendant Dori Leyko

At least two of the four open seats on the East Lansing Board of Education may not have incumbents seeking re-election this year as Trustees Nell Kuhnmuench, previous President of the Board, and Karen Hoene have indicated they are likely not to run again.

Trustee Terah Chambers will be seeking to continue her time on the Board. She was appointed earlier this year to the remaining term of Yasmina Bouraoui who stepped down last fall.

Current Board President Kate Powers has not yet decided if she will run again, she said. The candidates need to file a nominating petition and affidavit of identity to the City Clerk’s office by July 24 to appear on the ballot this November.

Kuhnmuench, the longest serving of the four, indicated Monday that she will likely not be running for her seat this fall.

“At this time, I do not anticipate running for reelection,” Kuhnmuench wrote in an email.

Hoene, elected in 2014, is also currently not seeking a second four-year term, she wrote.

“I do not intend to run again however I reserve the right to change my mind at the last minute,” Hoene wrote.

Chambers is the only candidate who has actually filed a petition so far, said City Clerk Jennifer Shuster.

All candidates have to file their nominating petitions to the East Lansing City Clerk by 4 p.m. Tuesday July 24. The petitions, available at the Clerk’s Office, 410 Abbot Road, must be returned with a minimum of 40 and a maximum of 100 signatures of registered voters.

To qualify for election, candidates must be registered voters in the school district and must file an affidavit of identity with the clerk along with the nominating petition. A $100 non-refundable fee may be filed in lieu of petitions.

The election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Two years ago, Trustees Erin Graham and Hillary Henderson were re-elected to four year terms, and Trustee Kath Edsall lost her seat to Nichole Martin. Hoene and Powers were first elected to the board in 2014, while Kuhnmuench joined the Board in 2010.