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May 13, 2013

Money focus of Lockport race

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — A common theme in the Lockport City Schools Board of Education election is probably something that’ll come up in all school board elections. Finances.

Six people will be the ballot for the Lockport City Board of Education. Incumbents Edward Sandell, Jon Williams and Diane Phelps will seek re-election, while newcomers Randall Parker and Todd McNall will also be on the ballot. Former Board President Marietta Schrader will seek a return to the board as well.

On May 21 residents will elect three of them to the board, each for a three-year term.

Balancing the budget while trying to enhance the educational programs at Lockport will be a challenge for the next board that begins July 1. Here’s a brief look at those who want to be a part of tackling that challenge.

Todd McNall

McNall, 35, was an elected United Auto Workers official for 14 years, five of those years as shop chairman at the General Motors facility on Upper Mountain Road. He currently works for GM in Tonawanda and serves on a committee at the Cornerstone Community Federal Credit Union.

It’s with this experience McNall said he believes he can be an asset to the Lockport School Board.

”I have extensive hands-on experiences which include budget oversights, problem solving workshops, team concept theories and contract negotiations at both a local and national level,” he said. “I faced many challenges over those years and was able to resolve many issues to satisfy the parties involved.”

McNall has two children, including a son in third-grade at Charles A. Upson Elementary. McNall is a Lockport graduate.

McNall said he wants to provide Lockport’s children with the best education possible but while being financially smart and responsible.

Randall Parker

Parker, 52, has three kids who have graduated from Lockport.

He has been a city firefighter for 26 years, during which Parker has served in a number of elected positions, such as president and vice president of the union.

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