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Submitted photo - Andrew Drake
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Submitted photo</em></div>Andrew Drake
- Kevin Dowdell
Kevin Dowdell
- Jim Rogers
Jim Rogers
- Michelle M. Stepnick
Michelle M. Stepnick
- Dawn Check
Dawn Check
- Sal Colella
Sal Colella

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Dawn Lynn Check

Age: 49

Party: Democrat

Education: 1982 graduate of Swissvale High School; 1986 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor's degree in English writing; 1998 graduate of the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary with a Masters of Divinity

Family: Husband, Doran; three children

Occupation: United Methodist pastor serving as communications officer for the Western PA United Methodist Church Conference

Political Experience: None

Salvatore Colella

Age: 64

Party: Republican

Education: 1967 graduate of Penn Hills High School; 1972 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor's degree in pharmacy; 1995 graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Master's of Business Administration

Family: Wife, Diane; two children; and two grandchildren

Occupation: Retired

Political Experience: Plum School Board since December 2009

Kevin Dowdell

Age: 54

Party: Republican

Education: 1976 graduate of Bethel Park High School; 1980 graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor's in computer science and biology

Family: Wife, Paula; three children

Occupation: Engineer with ABB, a power and automation technology company based in Zurich, Switzerland

Political Experience: Plum School Board since December 2005

Andrew Drake

Age: 56

Party: Republican

Education: 1975 graduate of Cleveland Heights High School in Ohio; 1979 graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, with a bachelor's in physics; 1981 graduate of The Ohio State University with a master's in nuclear engineering

Family: Wife, Jeannette; son

Occupation: Director of Engineering, Westinghouse Electric Co.

Political Experience: Plum School Board since December 2009

Jim Rogers

Age: 66

Party: Republican

Education: 1965 graduate of McKees Rocks High School; 1969 graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor's degree in education; 1976 graduate of West Virginia University with a master's degree in safety management

Family: Wife, Judy; three children; four stepchildren; 18 grandchildren

Occupation: Retired executive loss control consultant with The Hartford

Political Experience: None

Michelle M. Stepnick

Age: 35

Party: Democrat

Education: 1995 graduate of Thomaston High School in Thomaston, Conn.; 1998 graduate of Eastern Connecticut State University with a bachelor's in sociology; certification in social studies education from the University of Pittsburgh in 2009

Family: Husband, Dr. Terry J. Stepnick; son

Occupation: Office manager of the Golden Mile Dental Center

Political Experience: None

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