Three newcomers, two incumbents file for R-7 board seats

tporter@lsjournal.comJanuary 24, 2014 

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    Number of candidates for three seats on the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District’s Board of Education.

Three newcomers are among the five candidates who have filed for three positions on the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District Board of Education.

The Board of Education and municipal election is April 8. Filing closed Jan. 21 for R-7 board candidates.

Candidates, listed in filing order, are Chris Storms, Bill Baird, Terri Harmon, Mark Ousnamer and Craig Scott.

Storms and Harmon are current Board of Education members and were both elected for three-year terms in April 2011.

According to his bio on the R-7 district’s website, Storms served prior to his election to the board on the R-7 Citizens’ Advisory Committee for six years, including three years on the CAC Steering Committee. In addition, he has served on other school district teams such as the All-Day Kindergarten Study Team and the R-7 Building Our Future Committee, a group he co-chaired in 2009-10.

According to his profile on the networking site Linkedin, Baird is CEO of The Baird Group at Platinum Realty, a residential and commercial real estate company. Baird also helps people buy or sell businesses as a business broker and was CEO of Infinity Realty when the business was awarded the 2007 Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce Parvus Business of the Year. Baird sold Infinity to Platinum Realty in September of 2011.

Harmon’s online bio states she has also served on the R-7 Citizens’ Advisory Committee and on the CAC Steering Committee and has recently held leadership positions with the Pleasant Lea Elementary PTA and the Lee’s Summit R-7 Building Our Future Committee.

Ousnamer, a Lee’s Summit resident since 2000, is founder of an engineering consulting firm and has spent the last 15 years in the assessment, evaluation and management of companies to improve their operations, according to his bio. In 2004, Ousnamer was inducted into the Arkansas Academy of Industrial Engineers as an outstanding young engineer.

According to his bio, Ousnamer is a published author and was a columnist for an international trade magazine for three years.

Little is known publicly about Craig Scott, but each candidate will be featured in a future edition of the Journal before the election and be invited to participate in open-forums in March.

Filings closed without any additional candidates running for city offices.

Mayor Randy Rhoads is unopposed for reelection, as are District 4 Council member Dave Mosby and Judge Dana Altieri. District 1 has a two-way race between Robert Dye and Diane Forte, District 2 has three candidates, Trish Carlyle, Timothy Denker and Craig Faith, and District 3 is a race between Diane Seif and former Councilman Joe Spallo.

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