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Edmond school board candidates to speak at Feb. 7 forum

 Kathleen Duncan

 Kathleen Duncan

EDMOND — The West Field Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization will hold a school board candidate forum from 7 to 8 p.m. Feb. 7 in the school cafeteria, 17601 N Pennsylvania.

Patrons can meet and ask questions of Kathleen Duncan and Chad Mullen, who are running for Seat No. 2 on the Edmond School Board. The election is Feb. 14.

Duncan, the incumbent, has served 15 years on the board. She was a teacher and counselor in Tulsa and Tecumseh before earning a law degree from the University of Oklahoma.

She served as an assistant district attorney in Oklahoma County before retiring. She is married to Michael Duncan, and they have three children who attended Edmond schools.

Duncan said among her priorities are keeping class sizes at reasonable levels, maintaining teacher excellence and ensuring tax dollars are used wisely.

“I will continue to serve as one of Edmond's education watchdogs, making sure that taxpayers get the most from the tax dollars the district receives and that our district is accountable for all funds received and spent,” Duncan said.

Mullen is director of government relations and strategic initiatives for the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology. He leads the agency's strategic initiatives and oversees STEM enrichment programs.

He earned a bachelor's degree in political science and a master's degree in public administration from the University of Oklahoma. He served on several advisory committees, including the Career Ready Certificate Committee, the Governor's STEM Summit Planning Committee and the Bureau of Labor Statistics National Policy Council.

He and his wife, Jaclyn, are parents of a daughter who attends Frontier Elementary. He says he is running to provide a voice of advocacy for students and teachers.

“If elected, I plan to serve as a bridge between our business and school communities to more effectively advocate for increased funding in the classroom," Mullen said. "At the same time, I will work with our administrators to make sure every dollar is being spent wisely and fully leveraged for the best possible outcomes.”

Seat No. 2 includes neighborhoods in the western part of the district, including Danforth Farms, Fenwick and Mulholland.

Board districts and boundaries can be found at www.edmondschools.net. Only residents of District 2 are eligible to vote in the election.

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