On September 12, voters in the Union Community School District will elect four members of the school district’s Board of Directors. Candidates seeking those seats include Darrell DeWinter, Kristi Martin, Brandon Paine and Kevin Sash. The Progress Review invited each of the candidates to share their reasons for seeking a seat on the School Board and thanks them for their responses, which are presented here for voters to review.

Kristi Martin

My name is Kristi Martin and I am an educator, a mom, and a wife. I have been an educator for eighteen years, spending the past 12 years teaching Spanish I-IV at North Tama Community School District. Along with teaching Spanish at North Tama, I am also the director of our Spanish Club, as well as a mentor teacher and a model teacher in our building.   My name is Kristi Martin and I am an educator, a mom, and a wife. I have been an educator for eighteen years, spending the past 12 years teaching Spanish I-IV at North Tama Community School District. Along with teaching Spanish at North Tama, I am also the director of our Spanish Club, as well as a mentor teacher and a model teacher in our building.   I am married to my husband, Aaron, and have two children, Austin and Madison.  Both of my children attend Union Schools, where Austin is in 6th grade and Madison is in 4th grade. I am a strong supporter for public education in our communities and I am a firm believer that every child should have the opportunity to be successful.  I believe that our children deserve a well-rounded education, including exposure to a variety of experiences in their educational career. It is imperative that our schools maintain a strong reputation for educational programs, class offerings, athletics, activities and fine arts while at the same time providing small class sizes, and a sense of community.  I feel fortunate that my family is able to be a part of Union Community Schools, and I look forward to advocating for the success of our students/children and engaging in the success of our district, if I am elected as a school board member. 

Brandon Paine

I am Brandon Paine. I work as an engineering supervisor at John Deere. I have two kids at the elementary school in La Porte City. I was a Union graduate in 2000. I am Brandon Paine. I work as an engineering supervisor at John Deere. I have two kids at the elementary school in La Porte City. I was a Union graduate in 2000. I believe the school system is the foundation of our communities. I want to ensure its success by giving our students the best possible learning experience to improve their future and the future of our communities.