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Southeast Iowa residents will go to the polls on Sept. 12 to fill seats on local school boards and community college boards of trustees and to settle ballot questions and bond referendums.There are several contested races between Lee and Des Moines Counties. Tri States Public Radio spoke with the candidates in Fort Madison and West Burlington and for the District 2 Seat on the SCC Board of Trustees.You can hear directly from the candidates on why they entered the race and where they stand on several key issues.

Election 2017 - Fort Madison School Board - Tim Wondra

Jason Parrott
Incumbent Tim Wondra of Fort Madison is one of six people running for three seats on the Fort Madison School Board.

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 Tim Wondra.

Wondra is one of two incumbents in the race. He said he's seeking a third term on the school board to keep the school district going in the right direction and to provide experience in school finance based on his years of service.

Wondra said he would like to continue working with Superintendent Erin Slater, who is entering her second year on the job. He said Slater has done a great job of improving and better aligning the district-wide curriculum and putting children first.

Wondra said he wants to see the district continue to expand upon technology opportunities for students, including internet access on school or activity buses. He would also like the district to expand upon leadership and mentoring programs for teachers. And he said he supports the construction of a new elementary school, given the cost of renovating the existing elementary schools.

Early voting is underway in Lee County.

Jason Parrott is a former reporter at Tri States Public Radio.