Recent elect Sue Wolstenholm, who was backed by group Change 150, says she will file her resignation soon.
Change 150 has been looking for a person to represent its views around the horseshoe. Now, a local parent emerges as its candidate of the future.
"I promise to enter office not with an axe to grind but with some tough questions and helpful suggestions to go forward," said Dan Adler during a Change 150 press conference on Thursday.
Adler, a parent of two District 150 students, says he's eyed a shot at the board for some time.
"With the Change 150 group really grabbing hold of the conversation and centering it for public I felt this was the opportunity to make my move," said Adler.
Wolstenholm released a statement Thursday saying, "While it saddens me that I will not be in the seat for the next five years, I’m just not able to take on the challenge at this time."
In her statement, she wrote "we need a leader that represents the voters who obviously want a change."
A Change 150 committee chose Adler after a handful of interviews and hopes his association with the group, which has been critical of the school district, does not get in the way.
"I think if the school board goes through a fair and complete interview process, I believe they'll find Dan’s a really strong candidate," said spokesperson Sea Stipe.
One of Adler's sticking points: he thinks school board meetings need to be more effective, saying they should be a place to voice and address public concern.
"Positioning public input at the end after decisions are made doesn't really work. I'd like to position public input front and center as really the objective,” he said.
The school district has the final say and 45 days to make a decision on the seat after Wolstenholm formally submits her resignation. If the school board does not choose Adler, he says he is ready to run for election in 2015.
The school board will accept resumes and interview candidates before voting on who will fill the seat.
However, Change 150 says this is only the beginning and plans to endorse more candidates for the next round of elections.
For more information about Adler, including his letter of intent to Change 150 and a list of his goal, visit www.adlerforpeoria.org.
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