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Four run for three Carthage Board of Education seats

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GREAT BEND — Four candidates are running for three seats on the Carthage Central School District Board of Education.

The budget vote and election will be held from noon to 9 p.m. May 21 at the high school library.

Additionally, residents can vote on three other propositions: voting at large for Board of Education seats rather than letting candidates choose a specific seat to run for, allocations of up to $101,000 for the Carthage Free Library and $56,000 for the Sally Ploof Hunter Memorial Library in Black River and allotting $1.4 million for up to 14 buses.

Lyndsey M. Hodkinson is running unopposed for Brian K. Serota’s seat.

Age: 27

Occupation: Family readiness support assistant on Fort Drum

Academics: Associate degree in forensic science from Herkimer County Community College, 2005; bachelor’s degree in human services from SUNY Empire State, 2010.

Family: She is married to Travis L. and has two children: Gianna G., 5, and Jackson J., 3.

Previous board experience: Executive board of the Enlisted Spouses Club, vice president of Volunteer Support Fund. She has also served recently on the Carthage school district’s Facilities Committee.

“My husband and I are from Carthage, born and raised here,” Mrs. Hodkinson said. “I think it’s best to be involved.”

She said she wants to help the board build more trust with the community.

Barbara A. Lofink, a board member, is running for Lori D. Miller’s seat.

Age: 57

Occupation: Pharmacist

Academics: Albany College of Pharmacy, 1979

Family: She is married to David Lofink and has two children: Alison E., 23, and Wyatt D., 20.

Previous board experience: She served on the Carthage Board of Education for six years.

“My work is not finished,” Mrs. Lofink said. “I love Carthage Central. I believe in the students and the staff, and I love being involved.”

Abigail L. Hammond is also running for Mrs. Miller’s seat.

Age: 42

Occupation: Family readiness support assistant with 10th Combat Aviation Brigade

Academics: Associate degree from Penn State University, 1990. She is working on a bachelor’s degree in human services from Columbia College.

Family: She is married to Thomas R. and has four children: Dianna M., 21, William T., 19, Jessi E., 17, and Jacob I.R., 15.

Previous board experience: Fort Drum Enlisted Spouses Club, 2003 to 2005.

“Last year, Carthage was in the news way too much,” Mrs. Hammond said. “I want to see some accountability of what’s being done. I think the board needs a change of face.”

As a parent and a military spouse, she believes she can represent the community on the Board of Education.

“I put four kids through all levels of the school district,” she said. “I see the outside of it and some of the frustration that parents feel, that no one understands them.”

Tod Nash, running unopposed for Mrs. Lofink’s seat, did not return multiple phone calls.

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