Edmond’s West Field Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization will hold a school board candidate forum from 7 to 8 p.m., Tuesday Feb. 7 in the school’s cafeteria located at 17601 N. Pennsylvania to provide an opportunity for patrons to meet and ask questions of Kathleen Duncan and Chad Mullen, the two candidates running for Seat No. 2 on the Edmond Board of Education.  The election will be held Feb. 14.

Duncan, the incumbent, has served for 15 years on the school board. She was a teacher as well as a middle and high school counselor in Tulsa and Tecumseh before earning her law degree at OU. 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 Public Schools. She says among her top priorities are keeping class sizes at a reasonable level, 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.”

Mullen is director of government relations and strategic initiatives for the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST). He leads the agency’s strategic initiatives and oversees the agency’s 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 in Edmond.  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.  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.”

Board of Education Seat No. 2 includes neighborhoods in the western section of the school district including Danforth Farms, Fenwick and Mulholland. Board districts and boundaries can be found by going to http://edmondschools.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/School-Board-Boundaries2.pdf

Only residents of district two are eligible to vote in the election.