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School board candidates at a glance

- Michelle Gallagher, Plum school board
Michelle Gallagher, Plum school board
- Michelle M. Stepnick
Michelle M. Stepnick
- Dawn Check
Dawn Check

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Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, 1:54 p.m.

Dawn Lynn Check

Age: 49

Residence: Plum

Family: Husband, Doran; three children

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

Political party: Democrat

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

Political experience: None

Salvatore Colella

Age: 64

Residence: Plum

Family: Wife, Diane; two children and two grandchildren

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

Party: Republican

Occupation: Retired

Political experience: Plum School Board since December 2009

Kevin Dowdell

Age: 55

Residence: Plum

Family: Wife Paula; three children

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

Party: Republican

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

Political experience: Plum School Board since December 2005

Andrew Drake

Age: 57

Residence: Plum

Family: Wife, Jeannette and son

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; also a Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management institute in 2005

Party: Republican

Occupation: Director – Engineering, Westinghouse Electric Co.

Political experience: Plum School Board since December 2009

Michele Opina Gallagher

Age: 41

Residence: Plum

Family: Husband, Shawn; three sons

Education: 1990 graduate of Plum High School; 1991 graduate of the Bradford School of Business

Party: Democrat

Occupation: full-time mother; formerly worked 12 years as a tax assistant at an accounting firm and a high school recruiter for ITT Technical Institute and the Bradford School

Political experience: None

Jim Rogers

Age: 66

Residence: Plum

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

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

Party: Republican

Occupation: Retired executive loss control consultant with The Hartford

Political experience: None

Michelle M. Stepnick

Age: 36

Residence: Plum

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

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

Party: Democrat

Occupation: Office manager of the Golden Mile Dental Center

Political experience: None

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