Position No. 3 hopeful sees facility needs
Education comes first to Eric Dove.
And this is something he says he will keep at the top of his list if elected to the Basehor-Linwood school board.
"I'm just a believer in lifetime learning," he said. "When your grandmother, father and one of your sisters are all teachers, you're very aware of the value of an education."
Dove, 42, has filed for position No. 3 on the school board, along with Angie Erickson and incumbent Kerry Mueller. Jeane Redmond and Jim Hevel have filed for the No. 1 position, which is currently vacant, and incumbent Dayna Miller has filed to retain the No. 2 position on the board. Current school board member, Doug Bittel is up against Leigh Farris for the at-large position. A primary election will be held Feb. 27 to determine the two candidates for position No. 3 who will advance to the general election on April 3.
Dove said he formed an interest in running for school board after attending several meetings. He also has received encouragement from other people.
"I started going to the district advisory committee meetings," he said. "I had an interest and then a lot of people encouraged me to run."
A graduate of the district, Dove earned a bachelor's degree in accounting and business administration from Kansas University and a master's degree in business administration from Regis University in Denver. He's continued his education as a licensed real estate agent and certified public accountant. He currently works as a controller for Watkins & Company Inc. Commercial Real Estate.
"We clearly have facilities issues," Dove said about the current state of the district. "I feel I have strengths in facilities. In my 20 years' experience, I've worked with real estate and construction continuously. My number skills will also come in handy at those times."
With two children in the district -- a son, who is a freshman, and a daughter in seventh grade -- Dove said he wants to be involved in decisions that affect the entire district.
"One major point is that everything needs to be thought of as for the good of the district," Dove said. "That is the number one thing."