Lawyer Seth Wright has joined the race for the St. Joseph School District Board of Education.
Wright filed on Wednesday, Jan. 3, making him the fifth candidate in the April school board election. There are now less than two weeks until the candidate filing period closes Tuesday, Jan. 16.
According to a release, Wright is an attorney and active community volunteer. He works for national law firm Polsinelli PC and currently serves as the vice chair of the SJSD Foundation, a non-profit which supports the school district. He was raised in Savannah but lives in St. Joe.
“The failed levy in November demonstrated that our school district is out of touch and not listening to our community,” Wright said in the release. “Currently there is no plan. The school board needs members that will listen to voters and create a plan for a better, stronger St. Joseph School District.”
According to his profile on the Polsinelli wesbite, Wright’s legal experience includes a wide variety of law, including complex commercial litigation, class and mass actions and business litigation. His areas of focus are commercial litigation and litigation and dispute resolution.
According to his Polsinelli profile, Wright has a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is licensed to practice law in both Kansas and Missouri.
“My adult life has revolved around my family, practicing law and public education,” Wright said. “As a parent, there is nothing more important to me than the education, health and safety of our children. As a community, there is no issue more important than the stability and support of our local school district. It is time to rebuild the trust between the school district and our community.”
There are three seats opening on the school board in the April 3 general election. Those seats are currently held by Board President Martin Rucker and board members Dennis Snethen and Larry Koch. Both Rucker and Snethen have indicated that they will not run for re-election.
Wright joins Koch, Lorrie Hollis, Aaron Duncan and Lute Atieh in the field of candidates.