Francee E. Fuller of Alburtis, who is wrapping up her third term on the East Penn School School Board, has decided to seek a fourth term.
Fuller is on the November ballot after accepting the Democratic position won during the spring primary by Michael Moxley, who has withdrawn from the race.
She is one of six candidates vying for four seats on the nine-member school board.
Fuller initially did not intend to run again and she was not a school board candidate in the May primary.
"At the conclusion of this term, I will have spent 12 years in service to the district and was content to have other motivated individuals step in," explained Fuller in a news release.
"But now, with Michael Moxley’s departure, I am more than willing to enter the race to do what I can to preserve the quality of education that our district offers.”
Explaining why she previously decided not to seek a fourth term, Fuller said: "Prior to the spring primary I learned that Ziad Munson and Michael Moxley were interested in running along with incumbents Alan Earnshaw and Rebecca Heid.
"I formerly worked with Ziad’s wife and knew about his interest in supporting educational initiatives, and I was familiar with Mike. Having worked closely with both Alan and Rebecca, I developed a deep respect for both.
"With four board seats in play, I felt it best for the district to have four strong pro-education candidates in the race."
Fuller noted that Emmaus High students outperform Pennsylvania and national averages in verbal, math and writing skills in Scholastic Aptitude Test scores, yet the district spends less on a per-pupil basis than 53 per cent of Pennsylvania school districts according to Pennsylvania Department of Education data.
“We deliver a quality education at a highly effective price," she said. "I will work hard to continue this trend.
“I am proud to run with Ziad Munson on the Democratic ballot and also support the candidacies of incumbents Alan Earnshaw and Rebecca Heid.”
The other two school board candidates are Republicans Chris Donatelli and Garrett Rhoads. Earnshaw and Heid cross-filed as both Republicans and Democrats.
Fuller is the wife of Scott Stoneback and mother of Robert and Ellis Stoneback, who in 2005 became the fifth generation of Stonebacks to earn diplomas from Emmaus High School.
She is the marketing manager for Barry Isett & Associates, an engineering firm headquartered in Allentown, and also writes for The Media People, Inc., her husband's video production firm.