Posted Date: 03/27/2020
The Board of Education this afternoon voted via teleconferencing to move the Zone 5 Board election from April 7 to June 30.
You may view the meeting here: https://youtu.be/jICdJHEnyIQ (You may need to fast forward the video to about the 13-minute mark.)
Two candidates have filed for election seeking the Zone 5 office on the Board of Education, representing the southwest section of the Union Public Schools district including Darnaby and portions of Cedar Ridge and Jefferson Elementary Schools.
Newcomer Brandon S. Swearengin (pictured far left), a Union High School graduate who has worked as a tax preparer for DP Financial & Tax, Inc., will face incumbent Ken Kinnear, treasurer with Kaiser Francis Oil Company who has served on the Board since 2015.
The election is now slated for June 30. Polls will run from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.
Kinnear is treasurer of Kaiser Francis Oil Company and was elected to Union’s Board of Education in 2015, and has served more than 10 years as a member of the Long-Range Planning Committee. Kinnear is a former president of the Union Baseball Booster Club and treasurer of the Basketball Booster Club. His three sons have attended Union schools K-12.
Swearengin is a graduate of Tulsa Community College and the University of Oklahoma, with degrees in accounting. Additionally, he has worked as a tax preparer at DP Financial & Tax Inc. for several years, and has worked as a private policy consultant at the state capitol to pass legislation in education and other policy areas. He is a Union lifer, having spent all of K-12 in the Union district as a student.
Only those registered voters living within District 5 may vote. District 5 (pictured here) is bounded on the east by Garnett and on the west by Yale Ave. with its northernmost border at 76th Pl.
To seek election to a Board seat, candidates must have resided and been a registered voter for at least six months preceding the first day of the filing period in the Board district open for election, and all candidates must hold a high school diploma or a certificate of high school equivalency.