Four candidates running for three school board seats
There’s little competition in the Concord School Board elections this fall, with a contest for only one of three open seats.
George Jack and Rusty Cofrin will compete to represent wards 8 through 10. Incumbent Jennifer Patterson is running to represent wards 5 through 7, and first-time candidate Melissa Donovan is running in wards 1 through 4. The election is Nov. 5.
Cofrin, a former math teacher and cross-country coach, ran unsuccessfully for the board last year. He said he’s running again because he feels like he can contribute meaningfully given his background in education. He taught high school math at Concord for 27 years and retired in 2009. If elected, he would like to focus on curriculum.
Jack, his opponent, is a work-from-home dad with two young daughters. He does client services for a company based in Boston and is also an author and poet. He started working from home several years ago so he could be more involved in his older daughter’s education. His increased involvement in school and community events inspired him to run.
Donovan is a former high school teacher and current assistant mathematics professor at Southern New Hampshire University. She said her decision to run is based on a lifelong interest in and dedication to education.
Patterson, the lone incumbent seeking re-election, has served two terms on the board and is the chairwoman of the communications and instructional committees. Incumbents Bill Glahn and Tara Reardon are not seeking re-election.