"RACINE — No less than 15 people have applied to temporarily fill a vacant seat on the Racine Unified School District’s Board of Education.
"The seat was formerly held by Lisa Parham, who resigned from the board earlier this month amid rumors that she has a felony conviction on her record and is therefore ineligible to hold public office in Wisconsin.
"She was elected in April and had been on the board for barely six weeks.
"District residents looking to fill her seat had a two-week period to submit paperwork to the district or any board member to apply for the position. That period ended at the end of business Thursday.
"The 15 candidates include former board member Guadalupe Rendón, 69, of Racine, who lost his seat on the board in April, and Bryn Biemeck, 29, of Racine, who also unsuccessfully ran for a seat on the board in April, as well as retiring City of Racine Development Director Brian O’Connell, 61, of Racine.
"The other candidates are Deborah Lynn Cappello, 51, of Racine, Nikki Fisher, 67, of Wind Point, Armintta Franklin, 55, of Racine, David Hall Jr., 59, of Wind Point, Marlo Harmon, 45, of Racine and who has previously ran for City Council, JoAnn Hattix, 57, of Racine, Kelly Highman, 40, of Racine, Larry Jones, 51, of Mount Pleasant, Stephen Kalmar II, 55, of Racine and former Racine poet laureate, John Koetz, 51, of Mount Pleasant, Yasin Mahdi, 32, of Racine, and Linda Thalacker, 67, of Mount Pleasant.
"The board will appoint one of these candidates at a special meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday July 2 at the district’s Administration Services Campus, 3109 Mount Pleasant St.
"The one appointed will temporarily fill the seat until it goes up for election in April."