Thursday, November 3, 2022

School questions to be on ballot Tuesday

2 board member terms to be decided

In addition to deciding on a sinking fund millage to help finance repairs and equipment in school buildings, voters in the Wayne-Westland Community Schools district will also choose two members of the board of education.

Five candidates are vying for the two available terms including current board president David Cox. He is employed as a tax appeal consultant. Cox, the incumbent, has been involved in city and school government for more than two decades and cites his experience in school finance and administration among his qualifications.

Also vying for one of the two terms on the board are candidates LeWanna Abney-Mitchell; Denise Collop; Bradley Gray and Ryleigh Strong.

Abney-Mitchell is a first-time candidate who currently serves on the City of Inkster parks commission. She has worked for Starfish Family Services and has organized Getting Ahead and Bridges out of Poverty in local schools.

Gray is also first-time candidate who has worked as a clerk for the Michigan State Senate education committee and as an executive assistant for the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals.

This is also Collup's first campaign for political office.  She lists her participation in an online local community discussion group on her official website. 

Ryleigh Strong is also a first-time candidate who lists his participation in the Wayne Westland online community discussion board on his website.