Emporia native lone Democrat in upcoming District 7 Board of Education election Featured

Jim Hannon addresses those in attendance during the Lyon County Democrats meeting Monday evening. Jim Hannon addresses those in attendance during the Lyon County Democrats meeting Monday evening. Tagan Trahoon/KVOE News

The Lyon County Democrats hosted a special speaker running for the Kansas Seventh District State Board of Education seat.

Emporia native Jim Hannon announced his formal candidacy before the filing deadline June 1. Hannon spoke with KVOE before the meeting got underway and says he believes a major issue during the campaign will be the subject of teacher acquisition and retention.

 

Born in Olathe in 1947, Hannon came to Emporia in 1965 to attend Emporia State University, then known as the Kansas Teachers College, where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in education in 1969 and his masters in curriculum and instruction in 1973. After graduating, Hannon remained in Emporia and began his 39-year teaching career at Emporia High School. After retiring in 2008, Hannon became a paraeducator at Emporia High School, a position he still holds.

Hannon says he plans to make public school funding a major focus of his campaign as he believes investments in education are reflected in the local economy.

 

When asked about his biggest motivation to run for office, Hannon simply replied he wants the best future possible for Kansas children.

 

The District 7 Board of Education is responsible for portions of 20 different counties in Kansas. They include:

Ellsworth
Lyon
Coffey
Chase
Wabaunsee
Sedgwick
Saline
Reno
Pottawatomie
Kingman
Harvey
Rice
Riley
Greenwood
Dickinson
Marion
McPherson
Morris
Geary

During the meeting, the Lyon County Democrats presented a $500 donation to Hannon for his campaign.

Robert D'Andrea of Lindsborg and Ben Jones of Sterling are the Republican candidates involved in the August primary.

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