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No Changes In Archbold, Pettisville School Boards; Races For Fayette Board



With unopposed candidates running for reelection for both the Archbold and Pettisville School boards, there will be no changes next year.

In the Gorham-Fayette School District, however, there’s a fourway race for three seats, plus two persons are vying to fill an unexpired term.



Candidate: David K. Yoder Resides in: Archbold Incumbent? Yes

Family: Wife, Mari; children, Dan, Grace, Ellen, and Meggie

Native of: Not an Archbold native; resident of Archbold 17 years

Education: 1977 graduate, West Liberty Salem High School; 1983 graduate, Bowling Green State University, bachelor of science degree in business administration; 1989 graduate, University of Toledo, master’s degree in business administration

Present employment: Sauder Woodworking, vice president, order fulfillment

David K. Yoder

David K. Yoder

Civic public projects: past chairman, Adriel School Board of Trustees; volunteer, Junior Achievement; volunteer, Archbold Festival of Lights

Affiliations: member, Ohio School Boards Association; parishioner, St. Peter Catholic Church

Previously held public office: Yes; Archbold School Board, 1999-present

Comments: “I want to continue to assist in providing the best possible educational opportunities for our students within the resources that the community has provided for our schools.”


(J. Scott Miller, unopposed incumbent candidate for Archbold Area School Board, did not return a questionnaire.)


Unopposed; to fill unexpired term

Candidate: Dan Sauder Resides in: rural Pettisville

Terry Kovar

Terry Kovar

Incumbent? No

Family: Wife, Ezzie; children, Daniel, Andrew, and Elizabeth

Native of: Pettisville Education: 1987 graduate, Pettisville High School; Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering, Clemson (S.C.) University

Present employment: Sauder Woodworking, vice president of engineering

Civic public projects: member of Pettisville School Foundation, 10 years

Affiliations: member, Tedrow Mennonite Church

Previously held public office: No

Comments: Sauder said he would “help guide the school district through the options for improvements to the facilities.”

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(Thomas D. Beck and Daniel A. Bruner, both unopposed incumbent candidates for Pettisville Local School Board, did not return questionnaires.)


Resides in: Fayette

Incumbent? No

Family: Divorced, one daughter

Native of: Fayette

Education: 1967 graduate, Gorham-Fayette High School; 1995 graduate, Defiance College, Bachelor of Arts degree; Christian Leadership University, master’s, doctorate, PhD, 2002-04.

Present employment: professor and advisor, Christian Leadership University; also has been a schoolteacher, bank teller, school and commercial bus driver

Civic public projects: organized Fayette Community Band and Choir; put on program for senior citizens and churches; hospital chaplain, emergency medical technician

Affiliations: Fayette Fine Arts Council for Fayette Opera House; has been involved with a number of churches, has been on and chaired many committees, organized many bands and choirs

Previously held public office? No

Comments: King said, “Having been a teacher and parent, I would have an open ear to parents and school staff. I have been involved in education most of my life.”

She said, “I want to serve my community, make sure we have the best school possible, and see that our tax dollars are spent wisely.”

– – – Candidate: Terry Kovar Resides in: rural Fayette Incumbent? Yes Family: Wife, Jean; children Matt, Ben, Sara, and Hannah

Native of: Lyons; resident of rural Fayette 24 years

Education: 1979 graduate, Evergreen High School; 1984 graduate, University of Toledo, Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering

Present employment: Sauder Woodworking, manufacturing engineer, 10 years; previously worked as a manufacturing engineer for Campbell Soup, Napoleon, 14 years

Civic public projects: Science Fair judge, 15 years; 4-H advisor, Country Club 4-H, eight years

Affiliations: attends Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, Fayette; past parish council president and vice president

Comments: Kovar said if elected, his objectives are to “continue striving for improvements in educational achievement; completion of the new school and relocation, and fiscal responsibility and stewardship of the district.”

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(David A. Brinegar, incumbent candidate for Gorham- Fayette Local School Board, and Kirk Keiser, candidate for the board, did not return questionnaires. Debra Leininger and Frederick Stockburger, appointed incumbent, who are seeking to fill an unexpired term, did not return questionnaires.)


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