Peoria NAACP Backs Change150

Published 03/14 2014 06:56PM

Updated 03/14 2014 07:03PM

PEORIA - Just days before the primary election, the group, Peoria’s Change150, is still pushing its cause to get a new candidate on the school board.

And now, it's getting the support of the local NAACP.


NAACP’s Peoria Branch President Donald Jackson says his organization is behind the plans of Change150.


The group is advocating for new direction in  District 150 school board and leadership.


Change150 is standing behind school board candidate Sue Wolstenholm in the primary.


But Wolstenholm already announced she's dropping out of the race, although she never filed any official paperwork.

That means her votes will still be counted and she could still win.


If elected, Wolstenholm would quit, leaving the school board to appoint a new candidate.


Change150 has gained a lot of attention over the past couple months.

And Peoria's NAACP president Jackson is making the final push before the election.


“I just simply want people to know this is about change. This is about children, about students, and this is about the administration and staff who simply want a fair opportunity to do their job,” says Donald Jackson, Peoria Branch NAACP President.


Wolstenholm is running against district three incumbent Laura Petelle.


Change150 is pulling together a list of candidates it approves of.

Leaders hope the school board chooses someone from that list to fill the seat.


Petelle said it's frustrating for someone who doesn't want the job to be asking for votes.

She says she is the transparent candidate Change150 says it's looking for.


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