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More candidates file for Concord school and city council elections

One new candidate filed to run for city council and one candidate filed for a school board post yesterday, while City Councilor Amanda Grady Sexton announced she will run for an at-large seat.

Tim Bauman, who filed to run for city council in Ward 2, said his experience as a business manager in commercial real estate will help him represent the community. The 51-year-old decided to run for council after this week’s vote to accept a grant for a BearCat. He said he has concerns about the city’s acquisition of the vehicle.

“I had been pondering the possibly of getting involved previously, and when some of those issues (with the BearCat) erupted, it kind of got me involved as well,” Bauman said.

Bauman is the only candidate to file in his ward; current Ward 2 Councilor Jennifer Kretovic is running in Ward 3, where she now lives due to redistricting.

George Jack of Jennifer Drive filed to run for school board to represent wards 8 through 10. Jack has a third-grade daughter in the Concord school system and began working from home several years ago to be more involved in her education. His decision to run, he said, “stems from a desire I didn’t know I would have to get involved in school affairs.”

Grady Sexton, the current Ward 4 councilor, changed her filing yesterday to run for an at-large council seat. There is now a three-way race between current councilors for two open at-large seats.

Grady Sexton initially filed to run again in Ward 4, but said she has thought about that decision in the past week.

“My husband and I have a growing family, and running at-large gives us a wider range of housing options,” she said. “It’s been an honor to represent the people of Ward 4, and I hope to continue serving the city in a broader capacity.”

In Ward 4, Kevin Bloom filed this week to run against Grady Sexton. He said he was opposed to the city council’s vote to purchase an armored BearCat vehicle.

Grady Sexton said her decision to run at-large was not influenced by Bloom filing in her ward.

“Either way, I’m heading into a contested race,” she said.

Councilors Fred Keach and Michael DelloIacono have also filed to run for the two open at-large council seats, which are elected citywide to four-year terms. DelloIacono was elected to an at-large seat in 2009, and Keach is the current Ward 10 councilor.

(Kathleen Ronayne contributed to this report. Laura McCrystal can be reached at 369-3312 or lmccrystal@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @lmccrystal.)

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