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Advocate, Kiwanis Jointly Sponsor School Board Candidates’ Forum

The Elizabethtown Advocate is working with the Kiwanis Club of Elizabethtown to hold a candidates’ forum for contested school board races.

The forum is to be held in the Elizabethtown Area Middle School auditorium at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26. It comes two weeks after a similar forum sponsored jointly by the Advocate and the Rotary Club of Elizabethtown for candidates in contested Elizabethtown Borough Council races. That forum is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12, also in the middle school auditorium. Both events are free and open to the public.

Three Republicans and three Democrats are vying for four seats for four-year terms on the school board. The Republicans are incumbent board member Michelle J. Pelna and newcomers James Read and Menno E. Riggleman. The Democrats are Erin Grosh, Kelly Shaffer Fuddy and Andrew J. Esoldo. Pelna and Grosh both cross-filed and have the nominations of both major parties.

In addition, the Republicans have nominated Michael Martin for a two-year term; he is unopposed in that race. Martin was nominated to serve out the remaining two years of the term for which Michael Nicodemus was elected in 2015. Nicodemus resigned from the board because he moved out of the school district; former board member Ronald T. Grenko was brought in as a temporary replacement until someone could be elected.

The school board forum is to be moderated by Advocate Editor Dan Robrish and Barb Hough Roda, the community liaison for the Lancaster newspaper LNP and Lancaster Online.

Kiwanis and Rotary are both nonpolitical service club; neither club will be endorsing candidates for public office.

UPDATE: An earlier version of this article said the school board forum would be in the high school auditorium. Plans have since changed and both forums are now planned for the middle school auditorium.

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