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Election of county residents to serve on the Seward County Extension Council will be on Tuesday at the K-State Research and Extension’s Seward County Office, 1081 Stadium Road, just north of the Activity Center.
Members of the Extension Council support and help the county agents in leadership and development. It is necessary to have a combination of skills in management, education, fiscal responsibility and professional skills and talents among the members of the council.
The 24-member Extension Council consists of six members each serving on one of the Extension’s four program/service areas which include Youth Development, Community Development, Agriculture & Natural Resources, and Family & Consumer Sciences. There are 11 available positions with 12 candidates.
Seward County residents are encouraged to come by the Extension Office on Election Day between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. and cast their votes for their choice of the council candidates. Those needing ‘advance’ voting can come to the Extension Office today any time between 8 a.m. and noon or between 1 and 5 p.m. to cast their votes.
Candidates for the open positions and the program area they will serve on are:
Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee: Vote for 2
Teddi Winslow, Rural Kismet has served a two-year term and is running for a second term. She is an agriculture instructor at SCCC/ATS where she coaches the Soil and Crop Judging Team. She supports educational programs especially in the agricultural and horticulture area hoping to build awareness about careers in those fields.
Nancy Parson, rural Liberal is running for her first term on the council. A former 4-H member as a youth, she is a retired administrative manager in Human Relations. She currently serves on the board of the Mid-America Air Museum Foundation and the County Historical Society. She would like to help enhance educational activities by combining or sharing efforts among these entities.
Family and Consumer Sciences Committee: Vote for 4
Jane Eisenhauer, Rural Liberal has served a two-year term and is running for a second term. She is a Nutrition Assistant with K-State Research and Extension and her position includes working with youth in the community in the schools where she is known as “Professor Popcorn!” as she teaches the students about healthy eating habits.
Christine Standard, Rural Liberal has served a two-year term and is running for a second term. She is as an active volunteer with the county 4-H horse program. She also raises game birds and is a firefighter for the county. She is employed part-time for the Kansas Fire Rescue and Training Institute.
Kerry Seibel, Liberal director of Big Brothers and Big Sisters for the area, and served on the Extension Council a few years ago. She is very knowledgeable of the needs of the area and is running for a first-term position on the Council to serve on the Family & Consumer Sciences Committee.
Debra Huddleston, Liberal works at Cimarron Pathology, Liberal. She is running for her first term on the council. She feels the Extension has a unique opportunity to educate the community on healthy lifestyles and wants to educate the community on the benefits they have available
4-H Youth Development Committee: Vote for 3
Ronna Stump, Liberal: has served on the Council for two years and is running for a second two-year term. She has also served on the Extension’s Executive Board as Treasurer. She works for the City Recreation Department as Activites Supervisor and has worked on several joint projects with the local 4-H program including the Arkalon Butterfly Count, the Extension’s Summer Fun Thursday program, and she understands the importance of the Extension service to the area and the value of the 4-H program.
Sylvia Cardoza, Liberal is running for her first term on the 4-H Youth Development Committee. She was formerly the director for the Liberal Head Start Program and is active in work for her church. She plans to create an awareness of the Extension & 4-H programs within the community.
Barbara Fitzgerald, Liberal: is running for her first term on the 4-H Youth Development committee. An employee of USD 480, she has been involved with the county 4-H program for several years as project leader for the dog training and handling project.
Trevor Winchester, Liberal: grew up in 4-H showing livestock and now is a project leader working with 4- H youth on showing their livestock. He is running for his first two-year term on the 4-H Youth Development committee and will bring many years of 4-H experience to the committee. He also feels it is important to promote farm education.
Community Development Committee: Vote for 2
Elizabeth Irby, Liberal: has served a two-year term and is running for a second term. She works with the County WIC program. A participant of the Walk Kansas program, she believes Seward Co. Extension provides valuable resources for the community and wants to help them continue their many services.
Darrell Long, Rural Kismet: has served on the council and also on the executive board for two years. He started the county-wide Arkalon Butterfly Count Day, working with the Liberal Recreation Department, Big Brothers and Big Sisters and NRCS, as well as the 4-H program to establish the annual family event. He also helps with the Five State Fair each year in the poultry and rabbit departments, bringing several different species of his own for display.