Six people are running for three seats on the Fort Madison School Board during the Sept. 12 election. Tri States Public Radio spoke with each of the candidates about why they entered the race and some of their plans if elected, including Brad Menke.
Menke is a construction contractor from West Point. This is his first time seeking public office.
He said he entered the race because he has four young children and he wants to make sure the district is the best it can be for them.
Menke said he supports the idea of building a new elementary school to replace the two existing schools, but he does not believe the district has done a good job of selling the community on the project.
He said he’s also concerned about the past due lunch accounts. He said he would consider posting names in the local newspaper, similar to people who are past due on property taxes.
Early voting is underway in Lee County.