Three candidates are vying for two seats in region 3 of the Hamburg School Board in the November election.
Two candidates are running as Republicans, and one is running as a Democrat. Laura Lesher is an incumbent, while Thao Huynh and Ryan Gebely would be new to the board.
School board members serve four-year terms.
We asked the candidates to respond to two questions:
Question 1: Why do you believe you are the right person for this position?
Question 2: What are the most important issues facing the school district right now, and how do you plan to address them?
Thao Huynh, 33, Upper Bern Township.
Background: Huynh and her family moved to the school district more than three years ago. Her husband is a 2006 Hamburg High School graduate and has benefited tremendously from the opportunities provided by the school. They will have three children in the school district.
Response 1: As a former professor at one of the top 10 universities of pharmacy in the country, I have experience in education and will use this experience to work collaboratively with parents, students, staff and the community to strive and advocate for achievement of high quality education for our students. I believe it is the board’s responsibility to provide support for teachers and staff to enrich the classroom experience for our students and I am committed to working with all members to achieve this goal.
Additionally, I have been a board member in multiple pharmacy organizations. Currently, I’m involved in the Sunday school education of children at my local church. My previous and current experience will well equip me for school board.
Response 2: The major issue facing the school district I’ve learned in speaking to individuals is the concern for political bias involved in education and the social climate of where education is headed (masks, concern for vaccine mandate, critical race theory). If elected, it will be my job to hear the concerns of parents and represent those parents to ensure political bias remains outside of the classroom to provide children with a quality education.
Lesher did not provide responses.
Gebely did not provide responses.
Source: Berkshire mont