Three candidates are seeking to fill the Weatherford College Place 2 trustee seat. Incumbent Elaine Carter is running against challengers Don Allen and Dale Fleeger. We asked the candidates three questions, limiting each response to 300 words.
Early voting began Monday and Election Day is May 11.
Name: Dale Fleeger
Occupation: Director of Weatherford Public Library
Why are you running for board of trustees?
I have lived in Weatherford for nine years now. I own a home here and have enjoyed living in Weatherford more than any community since leaving my home town of West Sunbury, Pennsylvania. I have been involved in a variety of organizations since moving here. I feel I should give back to the community. Having spent my public library career in management, I have a great deal of knowledge concerning budgeting, staffing, grants etc. Weatherford College is a trust that was created by past generations and needs to be fostered and managed for future generations. We should celebrate and honor the college’s past and plan and prepare for the future. I would want to focus on issues important to the sustainability of the college.
Any past office experience?
No prior experience running for office.
Are there any changes you hope to add if you are elected?
If selected to serve on the college board, my goal would be to make sure that there is a vision and a plan for the future and that we remember that the college is the people who teach and work there and the students past, present and future.
Family: One son, 2nd Lt. Austin Carter and wife, Jennifer
What is your reasoning for running for board of trustees?
I currently hold Place 2 on the Board of Trustee and seeking re-election for the same position.
I am a graduate of Weatherford College and was an employee for 10 years as well. I would like to continue my work on the board and follow projects of growth already in process.
Any prior experience running for office? Yes.
Are there any changes you’d like to see implemented if you serve?
Modification in any organization requires careful consideration, research and working together as a team for the good of the whole. My desire for the college is continued growth in academics, programs, employment and service to the tax payers. During these economic times of continuous cuts from the state and federal level, it is very important for a board to work together to protect what the tax payers have already paid for, as well as the daily events that occur which impact the present and the future. Sometimes change is good, and sometimes it’s not so good. I strongly believe in presenting ideas and considering ideas presented. If I feel if a trustee unreservedly forces change, just because they are in a position to do so, could result in huge cost. The cost must be absorbed somewhere and possible break something that isn’t broken. One of my viewpoint’s is a bit simple and old fashioned, but I think if it’s not broken, don’t fix it. Part of my job as a trustee is to listen to the tax payers that elect me and be a voice for them.
Name: Don Allen
Occupation: Automobile Dealer
Family: Wife – Glenda, Sons Delaney, Colby
What is your reasoning for running for board of trustees? I feel that it is time I start giving back to our community and Weatherford College has always had a soft spot in my heart.
Any prior experience running for office? None at all
Are there any changes you’d like to see implemented if you serve? Growth for the betterment of the college will bring inevitable change. During my forty year plus tenure at the helm of our auto group I’ve experienced change in many forms. I believe this will be an asset in any and all decisions. By approaching decisions with sound business practice and common sense, I’m certain anything can be accomplished.