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Freeburg High School Board candidate: Douglas Parrish

Name: Douglas Parrish

City of residence: Belleville

Age: 45

Family status: Married

Education: Bachelor degree from Millikin University in business

Occupation: Not provided

Political party: Not provided

Office sought: Freeburg High School board member

Campaign e-mail: Not provided

Previously held offices: Not provided

What qualifies you for this position?

“The main thing that qualifies me is that I care about the safety, education and well-being of children. I am a father/step father of six children in Freeburg, with three in high school. I graduated from Freeburg High School and Millikin University. I work at Parrish Trucking as the safety and personnel director. I was able to be an assistant football coach at Freeburg for eight years after college and have coached all ages of children in varies sports. I have a strong interest in keeping our school safe and to continue to provide the best education possible.”

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

“Probably the top issue that all public schools face is how to survive in our cash strapped state while still providing a quality education and a safe learning environment. I believe that the current and past school boards in conjunction with the administration have done a very good job with this. Being a business man, I help with cost management and personnel issues. I believe I could provide a fresh perspective.”