More than 75 visited the home of Joe and Becky Swann recently when the Maryville mayor and his wife hosted a reception for school board candidate Doug Jenkins.
Jenkins is in the midst of a re-election campaign that has three candidates are vying for two school board seats.
Jenkins was enthusiastic about the turnout. “It’s neat to have this many friends. It gets me excited,” he said.
Guests shared their thoughts about Jenkins, who is finishing his second term on the board. Bill Harris said it was extremely important to keep Jenkins on the board. “He is in the building business, and we are in process of construction for the high school, and it is important to have someone on the board to oversee that,” he said.
Dan Johnson said Jenkins was a good guy. “He has a construction background, which we’re going to need. I hope we can keep him in there,” Johnson said.
Art Swann said Jenkins is a reasonable, rational person who has his feet on the ground and listens to people. “Right now it’s important to have continuity. There’s a lot of growth in the city. The school system is expanding, and we need a steady hand,” Art Swann said.
Brad Lunde said Jenkins puts the students first in how he serves.
Joe Swann said Jenkins has been a teacher in another school system, which gives another perspective. “This gives him the ability to see a different perspective on situations that arise. That perspective really helps,” he said. “He’s a sincere, conscientious guy. He has business sense and experience in the classroom.”