NORTHFIELD — The three candidates running for the Northfield Board of Education — Christopher Kennedy, Jon Barnhart and Stephanie Woodhouse Hughes — are incumbents seeking to return for another three years each.
Jon Barnhart, 43, is seeking his third term on the board. The professional engineering consultant earned his undergraduate degree from Clemson University in civil engineering. The Barnharts have lived in Northfield for 12 years and have three children attending the Northfield Community School.
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Barnhart is the chairman of the facilities committee and sits on the negotiation, personnel and curriculum committees. Heading into his third term on the board, he said, “We have made great progress as a board during my tenure, and I wish to continue to advance the goals and objectives of the Northfield Community School.”
Christopher Kennedy, 40, is running for his second term. The manager with Verizon earned a degree in economics from Rutgers University. He has lived in Northfield for five years with his wife and three children, two of whom attend the Northfield Community School.
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Kennedy sits on the technology, facilities and finance committees. The candidate said he decided to run again because he wanted to continue the work he has been involved with on the school board for the past three years.
Stephanie Woodhouse Hughes, 40, is running for her second full term on the board. She was initially appointed to fill Erland Chau’s seat when he was elected mayor. Woodhouse Hughes earned her undergraduate degree from Dickinson College. She has worked in the communications field with MetLife and most recently with the Shore Memorial Health Foundation and is currently a stay-at-home mom.
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Woodhouse Hughes is the vice president of the board, chairs the policy committee and sits on the negotiations and curriculum committees. She called serving on the BOE the most rewarding volunteer position she has ever held and said, “Our school is made up of an amazing group of administrators, staff, teachers and parents whose passion to provide the community’s children with the best education possible is exemplary. I am honored to be a part of the BOE and am grateful to the voters of Northfield for placing their trust in me to help accomplish this goal.”
Woodhouse Hughes and her husband, Bill, have lived in Northfield for 12 years and have four sons, three of whom attend the Northfield Community School.