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New Athens school board candidate: Laurel Ruhmann

Name: Laurel Ruhmann

City of Residence: New Athens

Age: 47

Family Status: Married

Education: Associates degree in business from Belleville Area College

Occupation: Office manager/tax professional for H&R Block

Political party: Republican

Office Sought: Member board of education for New Athens Community Unity District 60

Previously held offices: Member Board of Education for New Athens Community Unit District 60

What qualifies you for this position?

“I am currently the secretary on the board of education. I have lived in New Athens all of my life and graduated from New Athens High School. It is very important to me to continue to provide our students with the high level of education that we currently offer and do our best to prepare them for life after high school, whether they choose to directly enter the work force, serve our country in the military or pursue a college degree.”

What is the top issue in your race, and how would you address it?

“One of the biggest issues we face is financial stability. While it is a challenge to remain fiscally responsible to our tax payers it is equally important to offer our students a variety of opportunities for them to learn and grow. I would look at all options and vote with my focus being on the quality of education that our students receive and remain financially responsible.”