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Filing Deadline Ends for Jefferson County Board of Education Seats

Update 5 p.m. Tuesday:  2 File to Run Against Haddad Two more candidates filed to run for Jefferson County Board of Education before the 4 p.m. Tuesday deadline.Lisa Willner and Patrick John Hughes filed paperwork to challenge longtime board member Carol Haddad, who serves District 6.Willner, a Bellarmine University psychology professor, is the executive director of the Kentucky Psychological Association. She said she was prompted to run after seeing the results earlier this year of a state audit of Jefferson County Public Schools."I would like to see a board member in District 6 who embraces recommendations and seizes opportunities to build a better and stronger school district,” she told WFPL on Tuesday.Patrick John Hughes is the father of musician Patrick Henry Hughes, known for his role with the University of Louisville marching band. Hughes could  not be reached for an interview, but confirmed via email he will seek the seat.  He is the chief executive and founder of Louisville Hughes Inc., according to his Facebook profile.Earlier: The election deadline to file for Jefferson County Board of Education seats is Tuesday.Four seats are up for election in November.  Here's a rundown of who's filed so far:District 3Without an incumbent seeking re-election, the race in District 3, in eastern Jefferson County, is shaping up to be the most crowded. Three people have filed to run—Attorney Stephanie Horne and Jan Sholtz, a realtor,have announced that they'll vie for the District 3 seat. The most recent candidate to enter the race is retired accountant Angie Moorin.On her website, Moorin said she was “immediately concerned with the condition of our community schools” following an audit of JCPS that state Auditor Adam Edelenreleased earlier this year.“We need the right people to govern a $1.3 billion system that affects 101,000 children in our city,” she said on the website.

Moorin is a graduate of Ballard High School.The 3rd District’s current representative, Debbie Wesslund, announced earlier this year she would not seek re-election.5th DistrictThe 5th District incumbent board member Linda Duncan will face opposition from David Hittle—who announced he would run in July.District 5 represents south Jefferson County.Hittle is a 2007 graduate of Valley High School and is an advocate for lowering property taxes and promoting neighborhood schools, as well as boosting students' civic engagement.He said he became interested in running for school board after realizing that the district's budget was larger than Metro Louisville's city budget."That kind of freaked me out a little bit," he said.

According to his Facebook page, Hittle is a former law clerk for Jefferson County judge Sandra McLaughlin and hosted a radio show he considered to be “not fair and balanced, but very biased and opinionated from the Conservative point of view.”Duncan, a retired teacher and assistant principal, has served on the school board  since 2006.District 1 and District 6Diane Porter (District 1) and Carol Haddad (District 6) are both incumbents and, at the time of this writing, running unopposed for reelection.Seats in District 2, District 4 and District 7 are not up for election this year. The filing deadline is 4 p.m. Tuesday.    

Jacob Ryan is the managing editor of the Kentucky Center for Investigative reporting. He's an award-winning investigative reporter who joined LPM in 2014. Email Jacob at jryan@lpm.org.