LIBERTY - Dinah Burton, chairman of the Casey County Board of Education, decided not to run for re-election this year and two first-time candidates are seeking to fill her shoes.
Retired teacher Marilyn Coffey and construction worker Stacie Wilkerson are running to represent District 5, which covers eastern and southern portions of the county, including the Phelps School, Bethelridge and Argyle communities.
Coffey, 61, worked 28 years in education, including stints as a kindergarten teacher and coordinator of the school system's Family Resource Center. She also held state and local positions working with students with special needs, she said.
"We've never had a retired teacher on the school board here. I want to be the first one," said Coffey, who has a granddaughter who attends Casey Middle School. "I think it gives you an entirely different perspective being in the classroom."