Cindy Kohll, freelance photographer, is 5th candidate for Westside school board -
Published Friday, December 20, 2013 at 1:00 am / Updated at 11:47 pm
Cindy Kohll, freelance photographer, is 5th candidate for Westside school board

Cindy Kohll, a freelance photographer, said Wednesday she will run for the Westside school board.

Kohll, an Omaha native and a 1983 Westside graduate, moved back to Omaha from New York City last year with her husband, Joshua Persky. The couple's two children attend Oakdale Elementary School.

The Westside Community Schools will hold a caucus Feb. 11 to select candidates for two seats on the school board. As many as four candidates will advance to the May 13 state primary election, which will serve as the general election for the Westside board.

The makeup date for the caucus, if one is needed, will be Feb. 13.

The two seats up for election are currently held by David Woodke and Tom Baker. Wood­ke, an Omaha lawyer, is seeking re-election. Baker has said he does not plan to seek a third six-year term.

Kohll, 49, was actively involved in her children's school in New York City, which was part of the New York City Public Schools. She promoted chess as part of the daily curriculum and managed the program, including organizing tournaments and hiring instructors. She also is involved education efforts at Oakdale.

Kohll, who has a bachelor's degree in communication from Curry College in Milton, Mass., launched a photography career in the 1990s. She lived and worked in Latin America and the Middle East, covering war and politics, before moving back to New York City in 2001.

Three other people have also notified the district of their intention to run:

Dana Blakely, who has taught for 15 years, now teach­es government at Millard West High School. Douglas Krenzer, a lawyer, is making his first run for elected office. Beth Morrissette, who ran unsuc­cessfully in 2012, is executive director of a nonprofit mental health and substance abuse agency in southwest Iowa.

All three are Westside High graduates, and all three have children attending district schools.

Candidates seeking to have their names placed on caucus ballots must declare their intent in writing by 4 p.m. Jan. 31. Candidates can also be nomi­nated from the caucus floor.

Registered voters who live in the school district can vote the day of the caucus from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Westside High School, 87th and Pacific Streets. Voter sign-in will begin at 6 p.m., and the caucus will start at 7 p.m.

Contact the writer: Julie Anderson    |   402-444-1223

Julie splits her time between K-12 education, covering several area school districts and private schools, and general assignment stories.

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