Candidates Kenton Cooper and Jennifer Word are hoping to be elected to the Frankfort Independent Board of Education in the only local race on Tuesday's ballot.
One of the candidates will be filling the vacancy left by former board member Terry Magel, who moved out of the district during his four-year term. Since Magel served one of the four years, the chosen candidate will have only a three-year term.
Cooper, vice president of the Kentucky Education Association (KEA), has been in public education for 30 years. He said he has been a teacher, a bus driver and an education leader. He has taught in Washington, Shelby and Fayette County as well as for Bardstown's city schools. A native of Ashland, he graduated from Morehead State University with a music education degree. He received his master's degree in education, a reading specialist degree and a master's degree in gifted education from Spalding University and a certificate in special education from the University of Louisville. Cooper has also been a member of several boards such as the Communicare Board of Directors and the task force on childhood diabetes and obesity.
Paralegal Investigator Word works for Frankfort attorneys Rodney McDaniel and Marie Brannon. A Frankfort native, she graduated from Western Hills High School in 1988 just before her mom moved to Shelby Street with her husband. Word graduated from Midway College in December of 1990 with a paralegal associate's degree. Previously, she has worked for the Kentucky Department of Education's legal service office, the public defenders office, owned her own mitigation and investigation business and worked in the capital trial unit. Word is also a member of the Simon House board.
Both candidates became involved in the election by responding to an advertisement in the newspaper about the vacant position.