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Eight candidates, including two incumbents, will run for three seats on the Pickerington school board on Nov. 2. 

Incumbents Clay Lopez and Vanessa Niekamp will seat to retain their seats, while Vanessa Hayes-Williams, Mark Hensen, Ryan Holstine, Christian Johnson, Charles Newman and J.D. Postage all will seek to join the school board. 

In addition to the two seats held by Lopez and Niekamp, the candidates are vying for one presently filled by Lori Sanders, whose sixth term on the board expires at the end of this year.

Sanders is running for a Violet Township trustee seat.

To read the candidates’ responses to questions posed by ThisWeek and The Columbus Dispatch, go to ThisWeekNEWS.com/VoterGuide2021.  

Here is a breakdown of the candidates:

Vanessa Hayes-Williams

Hayes-Williams, 47, is an instructor for the Columbus City Schools’ Aspire program, which offers free English as a second language, high school equivalency, post-secondary preparation and career training to adult learners.

Her 25 years of public service includes work in adult and juvenile corrections, community development, social justice, educational teaching and learning, citizenship and community engagement.  

A mother of three Pickerington Schools graduates, Hayes-Williams said she wants to help district leaders identify common goals in education.

“The purpose of being a voice for our education community is built on an understanding as a mom, educator and leader of the need for advocacy for all stakeholders,” she said. “I am looking forward to taking our actions and channeling them to one representative voice that is focused on helping to identify common goals in education, while strengthening our partnership work towards excellence.  

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