Two will run to keep MCC board seats<BR>

KINGMAN – Three candidates have emerged for two seats on the Mohave Community College Board of Governors.

They are Gary Watson, president of Northern Ice Co., John T.

Neal, a life-long rancher, and Lynda French, owner of Forward Promotions.

Watson and Neal are board members who were appointed April 27 by Mike File, Mohave County superintendent of schools.

Neal represents District 4, which covers Kingman, and Watson represents District 5, which extends from rural Kingman to the Utah border.

All three candidates filed nomination papers, petitions and financial disclosure statements as required with the Mohave County Elections Department by the Wednesday deadline, Elections Director Allen Tempert said.

Neal will be unopposed on the Nov.

2 general election ballot.

One vote is all he will need to remain on the board and complete a six-year term won in 2000 by Dean Finkbeiner.

Finkbeiner resigned last summer and moved to Green Valley.

"I want to get back in there and help out if I can," Neal said.

"My family has always supported the college and I want to carry on."

Watson and French will vie for the District 4 seat that Watson has filled since Stuart Anderson moved out of the district.

The winner gets a 6-year term on the board.

"I feel obligated to go for it," Watson said.

"I now have enough background to know what's happening and there's a lot of opportunity, so that has motivated me to go forth."

French expects to bring some fresh ideas to the board if she is elected.

"I think there needs to be a 21st century global perspective and focus from the board, and with my background in workforce development I can bring that element to the board," French said.