Topeka USD 501 candidates answer questions before Nov. 2 general election | #education | #technology | #training

The Topeka Capital-Journal has been asking county school board candidates questions to assist residents in the voting process. 

Elections take place Nov. 2. Advance in-person voting begins Monday. 

Topeka Unified School District 501 is just one of several school boards with candidates vying for open seats. 

The Capital-Journal posed five questions that detail the candidates’ backgrounds, long-term and short-term goals, what they consider to be the biggest issues facing the district, their stances on mandatory masking and how to support and boost teacher morale. 

Incumbent John Williams is seeking election for USD 501’s District 1, Position 1 seat. His opponent is Lisa Schmitt.

USD 501 incumbent candidate John Williams is running for District 1, Position 1.
USD 501 candidate Lisa Schmitt is running for the District 1, Position 1 seat.

Andrew Foreman, Randall Schumacher and Alan Smith are vying for the District 2, Position 2 seat. Smith didn’t respond to requests for responses by print deadline. 

USD 501 candidate Andrew Foreman is running for the District 2, Position 2 seat.
USD 501 candidate Randall Schumacher is running for District 2, Position 2.

Keith Tatum is running unopposed for for 501’s District 3, Position 3 seat. 

USD 501 candidate Keith Tatum is running unopposed for the District 3, Position 3 seat.

Tell us about your background and qualifications to serve on the school board.

John Williams (District 1, Position 1): I have been residing within the USD 501 attendance area since 1979. I earned a bachelor of architecture degree from Kansas State University and retired from the State of Kansas in 2010. I am seeking re-election to the District 1, Position 1 seat on USD 501’s Board of Education. I was first elected in 2013. I am a compassionate, committed, constant and consistent youth advocate who believes in being informed, involved, invested, inspiring and impactful in that advocacy.

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