Seven candidates are running for three seats on the Johnston School Board. Two members are running for re-election. 

School board members serve for four years. Board President Justin Allen and Vice President Jeanie Kerber are running for re-election, Steven Hopper is not. 

Johnston residents will vote for their district representatives Nov. 2.

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Editor’s note: Candidates’ responses have been lightly edited for clarity and length.

Who’s running for the Johnston School Board?

Tiara Mays

Age: 32

Office sought: Johnston Community School Board

Where they grew up: Des Moines, Iowa

Where they currently live: Johnston, Iowa

Past political experience: N/A

Derek Tidball

Derek Tidball is running for Johnston School Board.

Age: 43

Office sought: Johnston Community School Board

Where they grew up: Des Moines, Iowa

Where they currently live: Urbandale, Iowa

Past political experience: Candidate for Iowa House of Representatives, 2016; Candidate for United States House of Representatives, 2008.

Jeanie Kerber

Jeanie Kerber is running for Johnston School Board.

Age: 49

Office sought: Johnston Community School Board

Where they grew up: Fort Dodge, Iowa

Where they currently live: Johnston, Iowa

Past political experience: Johnston Community School Board, 2017-present

Deb Davis

Age: 57

Office sought: Johnston Community School Board

Where they grew up: Carroll, Iowa

Where they currently live: Johnston, Iowa

Past political experience: Assisted in 2020 Iowa House candidate Eddie Andrews’ campaign.

Clint Evans

Clint Evans is running for Johnston School Board.

Age: 52

Office sought: Johnston Community School Board

Where they grew up: Marion, Iowa

Where they currently live: Urbandale, Iowa

Past political experience: N/A

Justin Allen

Age: 47

Office sought: Johnston Community School Board

Where they grew up: Johnston, Iowa

Where they currently live: Johnston, Iowa

Past political experience: Johnston Community School Board, 2017-present.

Lya Williams

Lya Williams is running for Johnston School Board.

Age: 45

Office sought: Johnston Community School Board

Where they grew up: Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Where they currently live: Johnston, Iowa

Past political experience: N/A

Tiara Mays

I do support mask mandates in our school district. The CDC has provided suggested guidelines for school districts to follow. Their recommendations are based on scientific research and data. A primary role of any school board is to ensure the safety of its students. Mandating the wearing of masks for all students, teachers and staff is the bare minimum effort we can provide to our students during a global pandemic.

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