Candidates for 4-year terms on Penn Hills school board
Family: Husband, Ray; two adult sons
Employment: Social services/admissions assistant at Southwestern Veterans Center
Political experience: School board member, 2000-2004
Statement: I am running for school board director because I care about the community I live in. I will expect to hold people accountable and do everything we can to get money in the district. I will work together with school board President Erin Vecchio and the board to try to bring federal and state money back to the district by reaching out to our state senator and congressman to assist us with the money situation.
Political experience: Former appointed school board member
Statement: In spite of their best efforts, no board member will make a difference with regards to the financial problems of the district. The business manager predicted that it will take the school district 26 years to return to financial stability. No amount of tax increases, debt restructuring, program cuts or staff reductions will positively affect that. School boards across the commonwealth need you and all of your friends and neighbors to demand the Legislature reform public school funding so that cyber and charter schools aren't collecting tax dollars for services that they are not providing — transportation, varsity sport programs, etc.
Michael Tauro Sr.
Family: One adult son
Employment: Usher for Pittsburgh Penguins games at PPG Paints Arena
Political experience: Democratic Committee member
Statement: First on the agenda is the school district's debt, trying to find the reckless spending and correct it. Will work to introduce students to alternatives to college after high school so that they will be able to make a living wage to take care of themselves and their families.
Yusef Thompson Sr.
Family: Wife, Terrika; three children
Employment: Student support specialist for Allegheny Intermediate Unit at Community School East in Turtle Creek
Political experience: None
Statement: Thompson did not respond to multiple emails and phone calls seeking comment. Here's what he said shortly after the primary election in May: My platform is to bring academic excellence back to the district.
Family: Wife, Leslie; three daughters
Employment: Insurance broker at Health Markets; part-time attorney
Political experience: Worked on President Barack Obama's 2012 presidential campaign; ran unsuccessfully in the Democratic primary for the 32nd District seat in the state House in 2014
Statement: The most important thing that I believe I can bring to the community is a new sense of leadership, direction and coordinated guidance designed to promote our common interests and to reinvigorate our area educationally, economically and culturally. Our best days are undoubtedly ahead.