Two candidates have announced their intention to run for the Westside school board. Two seats will be up for election.
Omaha attorney David Woodke, who has served three six-year terms and currently is board president, said Monday that he would seek a fourth term on the board.
Douglas Krenzer, an Omaha attorney making his first run for political office, said he also would make a bid for the board.
Westside selects candidates for school board through a caucus system, which is unique in Nebraska. No date has yet been set for the caucus, which typically takes place in January or February. Up to four candidates will advance to the May 13 statewide primary election, which will serve as the general election for the Westside board.
Woodke, 63, has been on the board since 1996. He has served with three superintendents, including Superintendent Blane McCann, who assumed the post in July 2012.
Woodke said he would represent the district's empty-nesters, who make up about 80 percent of the district's residents. Woodke is a Westside graduate. He and his wife, Marty, have four adult sons, all of whom graduated from Westside High School.
Woodke said McCann has energized the district and provided a fresh and well-thought-out directive of individual learning for students. “His mission has inspired me to use my experience and historical perspective to continue to work for the future of our district, ” Woodke said in a statement.
Krenzer, 42, serves on the board of Together Inc., a local nonprofit organization that works to prevent homelessness in the metropolitan area. He also has served as a youth sports coach, Sunday school teacher, Scout leader and board member of Countryside Community Church.
Both he and his wife, Dr. Kari Krenzer, a pediatrician, are Westside High School graduates. They have four children in the Westside Community Schools.
Incumbent Tom Baker, whose seat is also up for election, could not be reached immediately for comment regarding his plans.