2021 Election: National Trail Local Schools Board of Education


R-H Staff



The following candidates are running in the Nov. 2 general election for the National Trail Local Schools Board of Education (three openings), with terms commencing Jan. 1, 2022.

David Harris

Occupation: Employed at Silfex & Farming.

Past Political Positions Held: NT School Board. Education: National Trail Graduate

Community Involvement: NT FFA Alumni, Preble County Farm Service Agency Board Member.

Why are you the most qualified candidate for this Position?

I have served on the board for three previous terms, gaining useful experience.

What are the most crucial issues facing the office you are seeking, and how would you address it?

Working to ensure that students are ready for college or the workforce when they graduate. Try to give them many opportunities of different classes, or utilizing MVCTC as another option.

If Elected or re-elected, what would be your chief priorities?

To continue the many improvements made at NT over the past several years. To be open, transparent,& accountable for decisions being made, While keeping the best interest of our students in mind at all times.

Any Additional Comments?

I will be conservative and ask question when approving any spending requests at National Trail.

I am proud of the progress National Trail has made during my time as a board member and would appreciate your support in November. Thank you.

Cindy Lee

Occupation: Co-Alliance Co-Op Energy Sales Division.

Past Political Positions Held: National Trail Local School Board of Education

Education: 1996 graduate of Nelsonville York High School; 1999 graduate of Hocking College.

Community Involvement: I am an assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 280 West Manchester of which my youngest son is a member. I am an advocate for FFA and agricultural living. I enjoy volunteering in various roles among our community. I take great pride in my role as the Student Achievement liaison for the National Trail School Board.

Why are you the most qualified candidate for this position?

My passion for youth and deep commitment to my family, neighbors, and community allows me to be a valuable and reliable asset to the National Trail Board of Education.

What are the most crucial issues facing the office you are seeking, and how would you address it?

Make sure schools are funded equitably by the state. They’ve made strides however it doesn’t need to be so dependent on local tax dollars.

Continuing to make sure our students are career and college ready.

Address the covid issue to ensure our students are receiving the needed instructional activities to close the learning gaps.

If elected or re-elected, what would be your chief priorities?

I believe it’s the board’s responsibility to hold the administration fiscally accountable and the staff to excellent professional standards. I will continue to bring a positive and fresh approach to the National Trail Local School Board. To push in a forward direction and have open transparency.

Gary L. Moore

Occupation: Retired.

Past Political Positions Held: National Trail Board of Education, current member – eight years; Northwest Fire and Ambulance Board; Republican Party Central Committee.

Education: Graduate of National Trail High School; Louisville Police Academy, Louisville, Kentucky; Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy, London, Ohio.

Community Involvement: Retired police officer, D.A.R.E. officer, retired deputy sheriff, Village of New Paris police chief, National Trail Middle School football coach, Jefferson Township girls softball coach, Jefferson Township t-ball coach.

Why are you the most qualified candidate for this position?

National Trail graduate, National Trail board member for eight years, strong communicator, good decision maker, a “student-first” approach, effective and approachable.

What are the most critical issues facing the office you are seeking, and how would you address it?

Being fiscally responsible with constituents’ money. Live within the budget of the National Trail School District. Continue upgrades and maintenance of buildings, as needed.

If elected or re-elected, what would be your chief priorities?

Wise fiscal management. Keeping National Trail School District up-to-date, within the budget. Maintaining a 21st century learning facility.

Editor’s Note: The following candidates did not respond to our request for candidate profiles: Cari Vonderhaar.

R-H Staff