School Board Candidates
The process of electing school board members is non-partisan and unfortunately allows for multiple conservative candidates to run for one spot, possibly splitting the vote in a way that allows a less desirable candidate to be elected. We have two instances where we are presenting two candidates for you to consider, as both have support from reliable conservative sources. We have done our best with the information we have to vet a large number of candidates, some we know well; others are very new to us. This is a guide for you. We encourage you to read their statements to help with your decision-making. Please contact us with questions.
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Indiana Call To Action endorses the following candidates.
District B (1 Seat)
Rod Hohman is a conservative Elkhart/Bristol native, married father of two, and local business owner who believes that the government needs to be returned to the People. He understands that schools need to be education centers (not more, not less). Rod supports restoring parental responsibility to the parents and creating an environment where teachers can teach and students can learn without disrespect and unacceptable distractions. Rod thinks spending needs to be reined in to a level that is both responsible and accountable to the taxpayers of the district that funds them. Just like running a business; results, financial responsibility, and discipline are necessary. Rod will unapologetically advocate and fight for these standards. The time is now to take back our schools. For our Kids!
Find me on Facebook: Rod Hohman
At-Large (2 Seats)
Charles (Chazz) Taylor
Charles (Chazz) Taylor is 54 years old and has been married to Jodi for 25 years. An Elkhart native, Chazz graduated from Elkhart High School in 1986, and is currently working at the City of Elkhart Fire Department. He will have 30 years of service completed on October 27th, 2022.
Chazz is running for the Elkhart School Board to get our schools back in shape. He believes we must have more transparency and accountability in all departments of the schools. Our kids benefit far more from basic and skills-based education and we should avoid trendy political fads of the far left.
Chazz opposed both referendums because the administration needs to first do a better job with the tax money they already receive before asking taxpayers for more.
At-Large (2 Seats)
My name is Kellie Mullins. I am running for re-election this year for an At Large position on the ECS School Board. Joining the ECS School Board was a very eye-opening experience for me. I had to learn very quickly what could, should, and what should never be happening when it comes to our children's education, our staff's work experience, and for the need of parent involvement. Serving another four years will give me the continued opportunity to make sure our children are getting the education that they deserve in our school system. Our mission statement is to make sure that our children are career and college ready, and I will commit to that. There should be no political distractions when it comes to educating and protecting our children. We need a larger commitment overall to hearing our parents' voices, and we need to encourage their involvement. Our students' parents should be the driving force behind the needs of their children when it comes to their development and education. As a community, we need to support the idea of bringing our education up to the level that it needs to be. I love Elkhart, our community, our schools - all of it. I have said to others we are ELKHART STRONG. It is time to show it.
Find me on Facebook: Kellie Mullins for Elkhart School Board
Indiana Call To Action endorses the following candidates.
District A (Inside town, 1 seat)
Camden Forbes began attending MCS in 3rd grade and graduated in 2010. Shortly after graduating, he bought a house in Middlebury where he and his wife, Kim, are raising their two young children.
Camden has been working in the automotive industry since high school, but it has been a dream of his to have his own business. Six years ago, he helped start Driven Automotive in Middlebury and is now a managing partner. After years of hard work, the business is alive and well.
For several years now, Camden has been interested in getting involved on the school board. Camden and his wife have had a desire to raise their children in a school system that teaches wholesome values and this has been his main motivation for deciding to run. He wants to do his part to preserve and strengthen the deeply held morals of his community for generations to come.
You may learn more about Camden and his campaign by visiting http://camdenforbes.org/.
Please consider giving Camden your support and share his information with your family, friends, and neighbors.
District D (York Township, 1 seat)
Caleb Mast grew up in Middlebury, helping work at his mom and dad's restaurant, The Village Inn. Caleb went to school in MCS from 2nd through 12th grade, and is rooted in this community. He went to Bethel College, where he started dating his lovely wife, Abbie. Both Caleb and Abbie became teachers soon after graduating from Bethel. Abbie taught kindergarten at Orchard View Elementary School for just over ten years, while Caleb taught 7th grade math for eleven years at Northridge Middle School. Caleb has 3 beautiful little girls, Mali age 6, Isla age 3, and Lina 10 months old. Caleb currently works as the Business Manager at Springer Dental Care, with locations throughout Elkhart County. He and Abbie love antiques and hunting for historical treasures, spending time with their family on Long Lake, Michigan, and playing any game or sport in which they can be competitive with one another. Caleb has also been a local business owner in Middlebury, as he was a co-owner of The Middlebury Car Wash for close to 12 years. He understands the unique perspective of being a public educator, community landowner and business owner, and parent of a Middlebury Community Schools student. He wants to bring a conservative and "open book" mindset to the school board, and is looking for any support you are willing to give him. Please spread the word that Caleb would be a great candidate for the school board, and be ready to vote on November 8.
District C, (Jefferson Township, 1 seat)
Amos Yoder has lived and worked in the Middlebury area most of his life. He currently is on staff at his local church as the media/tech director. He’s been married to his wife Erin for 17 years and they have two teenage kids that attend Middlebury Community Schools. They are a normal family who love to serve and be a part of their community.
At this point Amos’ messaging is pretty simple. He is running for the school board because he wants to serve his community and school. His goal would be to bring a conservative and common-sense approach to things and listen to what people have to say. He truly loves Middlebury Community Schools and wants the school board to continue to uphold the values that the community was built on.
At the end of the day, Amos just wants to serve the amazing people that live in the Middlebury School District.
Please consider giving Amos your support.
District II (no more than 1 from Districts I and II)
Quality of education and academic achievement
Focus on fundamentals, not social and political issues
Allow teachers to flourish and avoid bullying by enforcing appropriate and effective discipline of unruly students.
Work with administration and staff to improve standardized testing and grade-level proficiency test scores
Enhance Career Pathways Learning program for students who want to enter the workforce upon graduation
Continue to develop College credit curriculum offerings
Involve parents and the community in meetings and decisions
Actively work with like-minded board members from surrounding communities to share struggles, successes, and strategies
Elevate overall assessment of Baugo Schools to the best in the State of Indiana. (Jimtown is currently rated 3/10 compared to Penn’s 10/10 in Greatschools.org)
What I bring to the School Board:
As an award-winning successful small business entrepreneur, engineer and inventor also experienced in many trades, I bring valuable business insights, hard work, an appreciation for facts and data in decision-making, a deeply personal appreciation for trade skills, and a passion for success and excellence. I bring no agenda or special interests, I am strictly here to work for your child’s success in Baugo’s schools because the future of our country is in the hands of our children.
Indiana Call To Action endorses the following candidates.
At-Large (2 Seats)
Hi, I’m Linda Hartman and I’m running for school board in Goshen. I am an at large candidate. I have a background in education. I have a BA in SPED, a masters in curriculum and instruction, public school administration and also in ministry. My reasons for running are very simple. Goshen has scored in the
bottom 50% of the state for a number of years. I know how to fix that so all students can succeed. I also work to protect parental rights. The parent is the first and the best stakeholder. They know their child better than anyone else. Our boards have to be transparent so that the shareholders know what is happening to know why decisions are made. Sexualization of children is an issue that is coming to light more and more every day. We need to protect our children. I have been working throughout the community for quite some time to make sure the kids are protected. The bottom line is this. I have trusted those who were elected to make decisions for years. They haven’t voted to do what’s best for kids. I want to be a part of the plan to change that.
My website is: linda4schoolboard.com Please visit and let me know if you have questions.
District 3 (1 Seat)
Rod Roeder is running in the Third District for Goshen Community School Board. Rob and his wife have five children. They were able to successfully school them at home with diligence and self-sacrifice: their kids participated in classes for music, sciences, and language once they reached their high school years. While they are now fully grown, Rob has had the advantage of watching the Goshen Community Schools for 30-plus years. Like us, Rob has witnessed the continuously declining academic scores for Goshen Schools for over ten years. As a result, he has chosen to vie for a seat on the board of trustees.
Rob will encourage phonetic learning, especially for second language readers, versus the common core "whole language memorization" method. Rob is adamantly against the sexualization of our students through pornographic materials found in the school libraries. Likewise, he opposes radical gender theology assignments and the pronoun nonsense espoused by a few of our teachers.
Rob believes GCS should protect our students while they are still minors under our care,. There are certain inalienable rights that come from God alone. Along with life and liberty are parental rights. Parents should have influence in the education of their children. Even taking into consideration the degrees and college courses that qualify one to be a teacher or administrator, no parent should be forced to bow to the state or any government agency regarding the education of one's very own child.
In an effort to recognize the dictates of diversity, many times GCS has disregarded the views of the Christian family. Likewise, the vaulted inclusivity seems to have no room for conservative thought. Rob would like to give a voice to those currently marginalized.
District 1 (1 Seat)
I am running for school board because I am a parent, and I believe I can represent parents in Goshen. I want to be heard, and I know parents and concerned citizens also want to be heard. I believe I can help bring back transparency and accountability where the system has blocked or obscured itself from parental oversight. I believe I can help restore educational excellence to our schools through phonics based reading and writing, clear and integrated mathematics, and exceptional literature that promotes thinking and good character. We can see students who are well rounded and educated make up the majority instead of the minority of our classes. I believe I can help bring order and safety back to our schools by not being beholden to outside special interests groups, but rather to one main interest group: parents in the community who want their kids to read and write and be functional members of society. I believe I can also help bring financial responsibility back to the schools by running it like a business - run a balanced budget, be exceptional at providing our main service which is education, reduce waste and overhead, hire the best workers (teachers) at a good wage to be competitive and a good place to work.
District 1 (1 Seat)
My name is Angie McKee and I am running for school board District 1 in Goshen. I am a lifelong resident of Goshen and have been married to my husband Jim for 18 years.
I feel I have a number of qualifications that make me uniquely qualified. First, I am a proud graduate of GHS. I have a vested interest in making sure Goshen Schools continue being the premier school system in our area. I have been a successful small business owner. In that capacity, I have gained valuable customer service experience and financial budgeting. More recently, I served as the Clerk-Treasurer for the City of Goshen, dealing with the public, engaging in public meetings, and managing a multi-million dollar budget. My past experiences will allow me to immediately step into the Board role without spending a year or more just trying
to learn the processes. I feel that it is important as elected officials that we are transparent in regard to the school’s
finances, the educational standards, and the success of our teachers and students. Doing so will instill trust in the parents and the public that Goshen Schools are the best in the area. I will work toward parents becoming more involved with their children’s education. I will work towards improving communication between the teachers, administrators, parents and students. I will work towards continued opportunities for both college-bound students and those bound for the local workforce. Most importantly is the safety and security of our students and teachers. I will always push to make sure best practices are in place to maintain a safe and secure school for all.
Indiana Call To Action endorses the following candidates.
District 1 (2 Seats)
Thank you to the members of Call to Action for your interest in my candidacy for the Concord Board of School Trustees. I have enjoyed serving as a Concord School Board Trustee for the past eight years. I’m thankful that our community has entrusted me to represent all stakeholders to try and do what’s best for the children of Concord Community Schools. Our board has made great strides in improving the quality of education for our students and I want to continue to be a part of this important work. Our children deserve the best education that our community can provide, while at the same time being fiscally responsible to all of our taxpayers. While I do not have children currently attending Concord Community Schools, I feel that I provide a voice for all stakeholders in our community.
Each individual board member brings their own unique skills to the Board. I’m an accountant and I feel that gives me a solid background for understanding the finances and fiscal responsibilities of the operations of a large school corporation. We must not only provide the best staff, programming, and facilities for our students, but we must do it in a fiscally responsible way.
In 2021 our community communicated to the board through the defeat of the referendum that they did not want to renew the referendum, even at a lower tax rate. Our board continues to be very aware of this view and we are striving to be good stewards with the tax dollars we are allotted. We are also aware that the Assessed Value in Elkhart County is increasing so we have been striving to lower our tax rate for our constituents. In 2021 our rate was $1.70 and in 2022 our rate was $1.56. Our targeted tax rate in 2023 is $1.46.
Currently, our School Board is in the process of finalizing our 5-year Strategic Plan, and ensuring that all of the exciting opportunities we have planned for students align with the needs and wants of our community. Supporting those initiatives -- especially in the areas of student academic achievement and well-being -- is critical to our mission as a school district. I strongly believe that the top goal of school board members is to support the important work that is happening in our schools, while listening to the voices of our community so that our hopes and dreams for students are aligned with theirs.
District 2 (1 Seat)
Concord = cooperation and harmony
I pledge to support parents:
who follow the progress of their beloved children’s education and training
who want their children to focus on academics
who want to leave politics out of school
who want to leave ideological issues to families who uphold parental rights
who do not want tax raises
who support freedom of speech
who are against promotion of gender confusion
who champion traditional American values
For Community = preparation for enjoyable & productive participation in our society
To further academic training
To pursue vocational skill development
I mention a few of the current issues that are on to the radar. It is important to stay abreast of influences that find access into the curriculum of our educational centers.
Teachers, coaches, mentors, staff & administrators take the time and make the sacrifice to gain the expertise and qualification to train students. They help their students gain cumulative information in a variety of subjects as they advance through the grades.
Along the way, the students acquire insight, understanding and ability to apply the acquired knowledge to the ‘natural’ ways of life - we all share along our journey.
At this juncture, I am sure you will inevitably hear competing views which vie for influence. Even when addressing the various subjects taught in classes, the experts have differing opinions on the content and methods of teaching each discipline.
When considering issues regarding the application of knowledge to the ‘natural’ ways of life, we enter into the area of morality, freedoms of choice, ethics and such.
We all do our best to prepare our children along the way as they decide to make their life choices. There will always be decisions to be made in the face of competing &/or opposing ideas.
The nub of the center of the question is: by what underlying and undergirding principles & values do you make those decisions?!
Whether it is our children, their trainers or us, we will have to live out the consequences of our decisions and choices.
If elected to join the Board, I will endeavor to encourage all parties to make decisions that have been proven to be the best way to establish a thriving and successful community, economy and life.
This way of life is affirmed every time we recite the pledge of allegiance. We pledge to support one another in order to establish our nation under the God of the Bible.
District 1 (2 Seats)
My name is Tara Towner and I am a current Concord Community School Board member
(appointed in August after a seat became vacant) and am currently running for re-election to the school board. I have been married to my wonderful husband for 15 years and we have two great kids. Elijah is our 13-year-old and is currently a 7th grader at Concord Jr. High and our daughter Eden is 11 years old and is a 6th grader at Concord Intermediate. I graduated from Grace College with a BS in Communications and a minor in Youth Ministry in 2003. After graduation, I spent 9 years working in the health insurance field working primarily with group health insurance and employee benefits. Since we have had our kids, I have worked in several different fields that have allowed me to be flexible and available for our kids. I handled Connections and Small Groups at Waypoint Community Church, worked for a non-profit where I handled rentals and events and have even had the opportunity to be a substitute in several of the offices within Concord Community Schools. Currently, along with my role on the school board, I am handling the books for West on Warren and work a shift or two a week to fill my need for engaging with people. While I was excited for the chance to work on the school board, I was not quite sure how it would look and there was definitely some nervousness. What I found was that this opportunity has allowed me to utilize not just the skills I have but allowed me to use my passion for the betterment of our kids and serving alongside a team of people who have the same desire.
When we moved into the Concord district eight years ago, it was purposefully to send our children to Concord schools. The thought of sending our first child off to school was a bit unnerving, my husband and I agreed that the best way to get comfortable with something was to get involved. I started helping with the PTO first as a volunteer and ultimately as PTO President at Concord South Side. As I got to know the teachers and staff, I found a group of people who cared deeply about my children. We loved our time at South Side and each of the staff members that we got to know along the way, and with each year have found more kind, caring adults who go above and beyond for kids. I want to support schools that encourage not just my children, but every child who enters through the doors of Concord, to grow and push themselves beyond what they thought was possible. I firmly believe that the best way to make a difference is to roll up your sleeves and do the hard work, and that is how I approach my role as a school board member.
Throughout my years in the Concord district, I have had the opportunity to be a part of the
schools in many different areas. From serving on the PTO, including serving as president for
two years, to working as a substitute in several of the school offices in the district, I have had the chance to be in many of our buildings to see the amazing work happening there. These experiences have given me a glimpse of what works for our schools, as well as some of the struggles that we face in providing the best possible educational experience for every child. I have work experience in health insurance and can help with navigating this confusing area of benefits and be an asset in making sure we are providing the best for the employees while making sure we are being as financially responsible as we can be. I am passionate about people and service and will strive to contribute to make our schools a place where kids and teachers know they are valued. Being a part of a board requires the ability to work together toward the common goal and I greatly enjoy being part of the collaboration and teamwork process.
My top goals for Concord Community Schools boil down to three primary objectives: helping every child succeed, supporting teachers and staff, and listening to our community.
We must ensure we are providing our kids with a quality education and support that they need to be successful at whatever they choose to become. We need to make sure that all of our kids are being reached and are challenged to grow no matter what level they’re starting from.
We also need to make sure that our teachers are being appreciated, supported, and given the tools that they need to be successful at their job. If we are going to continue to be a school district that people want to be a part of, we need to make sure we are not only retaining the amazing teachers we have but attracting quality ones to be part of the Concord community.
Lastly, we must to listen to our students, families and teachers as to what is going well and what can be done better. As we listen, we can weed through all the noise and find the commonality in what is being said and find ways to make our great schools even better.
District 2 (1 Seat)
My name is Jared Sponseller and I am a candidate for Concord School Board District 2. My wife is Courtney and we have been married for 25 years. We have three daughters, Gabby 20 years old, Bella 18
years old, and Gia 15 years old. I received a Masters of Accountancy degree from Manchester University in 1997. I have worked for First State Bank for the last 17 years, including being CFO since January 2020. I am a USA Swimming Admin Official, long-time volunteer for Concord Swim Club, and I have
worked many high school swim meets at the meet operations table and served as the Announcer for all home meets last season.
I have served on the Concord School Board since June 2020, when I was appointed by the remaining members of the School Board to fulfill the remaining term of Randy Myers after his sudden and very unfortunate passing. I want to continue serving as a member of the Concord School Board because I believe a strong public school system is a critical pillar for a strong community. Concord has a long
history of strength and perseverance that myself and my family have been fortunate to be a small part of.
Courtney and I both attended Concord from K-12th grade and are 1992 graduates. After completing college, we never had any doubts that we wanted to live and raise our family in the community that we grew up in and we know shares our values. Our oldest daughter Gabby is a 2020 Concord graduate and
our younger two daughters are current Concord students. On a personal level, I want to continue to serve on the Concord School Board to continue giving back to a community that has been so great to my family and me. As an advocate for education and a lifelong member of this community, I want to continue to help lead a strong district that provides an exceptional educational experience for every child we serve, and
strong support system for our staff. To truly understand an organization, I believe being involved and engaged is key. I have prior experience serving an organization as a board member, having been Treasurer of Concord Swim Club for the past 10 years. I have volunteered many hours to the Swim Club over the years and attend as many Concord
school events and extra-curricular activities as I can in order to support Concord students. Through this volunteer work, I’ve seen hundreds of students, families, school staff, and community members who believe in the work Concord is doing to support students and help them become the best they can be in all aspects of life. My day job is CFO of a community bank and through my work I’ve developed strong financial and analytical skills. I am a calm, level-headed decision maker who is also passionate about doing the right thing for children and our community. Having these experiences as a volunteer and my professional work have given me the perspective needed to serve our community as a member of the Concord School Board and I look forward to continuing to do so.
If re-elected to Concord School Board, I look forward to working with our Superintendent and other four board members to continue making Concord a great place for our students, staff, and community members. As we continue to look for ways to fund the educational programming and student
opportunities that make Concord an exceptional school district, I look forward to lending my expertise in the area of finance. Maintaining the exceptional educational experience that our community expects,
while also ensuring we are being responsible stewards of our funds for our taxpayers, is important work that I do not and will not take lightly. We are in the final stages of creating a Strategic Plan that will guide our district into the next five years and beyond. It’s exciting to see what’s next for our students, our staff, our district, and our community and I look forward to being part of that work.
Below is information for St. Joe County candidates who have been vetted by Strengthen our Schools, PHM District.