School board filing ends, candidates lined up for every seat

Jul. 26, 2014 @ 04:20 PM

Every race in the Union County Board of Education is contested this year. 

The District 1 seat is an unexpired term left vacant when long-serving member John Crowder died in March. Jim Bention, Sr. was appointed by the board to fill the seat and he has filed to maintain the seat. Sharon Harrell has also filed to run for the District 1 seat. Harrell was a finalist when the board was choosing an appointment to fill the seat. She is a retired social worker with Union County Public Schools. Bention is a former Marine and a pastor. 

District 1 covers Monroe and runs down Highway 74 to includes parts of Wingate and Marshville. 

In District 3, Board Chairman Richard Yercheck is running for re-election. Yercheck won the seat in a special election when Dean Arp resigned

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to serve in the N.C. House of Representatives. Gary Sides of Monroe will face him in the election.

District 3 serves parts of Monroe along with Wesley Chapel and parts of Indian Trail. It surrounds much of District 1. 

Board member Rick Pigg is not running for re-election in District 4. Monica Frank of Charlotte, Casey Carver of Monroe and Melissa Merrell of Matthews have filed to run for the seat. 

District 4 covers most of the northern part of the county, including the Porter Ridge cluster, parts of Unionville and east to New Salem. 

Board Vice Chair Marce Savage filed for re-election in District 6. She is challenged by Waxhaw resident Jason Marton.

District 6 includes parts of Waxhaw and Mineral Springs and parts of the Weddington Cluster. 

Three candidates are vying for one at-large seat. Incumbent Sherry Hodges did not file for re-election. Leslie Boyd of Waxhaw, Sean Maher of Waxhaw and Dennis Rape of Monroe filed to fill the seat. At-large seats serve the entire county. 

Full candidate profiles and questionnaires will appear in the Enquirer-Journal as the election nears.