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6 candidates vie for spots on Kilgore ISD board

From Staff Reports
April 30, 2012 at 10 p.m.


Six hopefuls are vying for two places on the Kilgore school board.

Candidates are Mac Blackstone, John R. Slagle and Dale Sistrunk in Place 3; and Melissa Waller Weaver, Karl Riley and Reggie Henson in Place 4.

Sistrunk, the incumbent, is a retired Air Force veteran seeking a second, three-year term. The 71-year-old recently said students need both strong academics and extracurricular offerings to produce graduates with a balance of skills.

Slagle, 57, is a former Drug Enforcement Agency officer who says he returned to East Texas, in part, so his sons could graduate from Kilgore High School like he did.

"I've lived in diverse places around the nation and believe that experience will be of value to the school board," Slagle said at an April 22 candidates forum.

Blackstone, 73, is a retired prison system administrator who said the district needs to be capable of meeting individual student needs.

"I had a daughter who was in the gifted and talented program and a son who was in special education," Blackstone said.

In Place 4, Henson says he will welcome interaction with parents and other district patrons.

"They'll be able to call me at anytime," said Henson, 47 and self employed. "If I don't know the answer, I'll find it out."

Riley, a 41-year-old project manager for Martin Gas, said having four children in Kilgore schools motivates him to contribute to the district's further expansion and success.

And Weaver, a 44-year-old nurse, said being the mother of four Kilgore graduates and two still in the district lends her a deep understanding of its needs.

"The education a child receives can change his or her life," Weaver said.

Early voting is taking place at Kilgore City Hall during normal business hours.

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