Four vying for city school board


By Kristy D. Carter - [email protected]



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Four candidates are vying for three seats on the Clinton City Board of Education. Incumbent Jason Walters and E.R. Mason are seeking another term, while Diane Viser elected not to file for reelection. Two additional locals have thrown their names into the hat, with Mike Lanier and Dana Scott, both seeking a first term. The nonpartisan election will take place Tuesday, March 15.

Jason Walters

Walters is the current chairman of the Clinton City Board of Education. Originally from Robeson County, Walters says he has a passion for children and working to fight for the right to an education for everyone. In 1993, Walters moved to Clinton and began working for Schindler Elevator Corp., after graduating with and engineering degree from N.C. State University.

He is married to wife Jeannie, who also works for Clinton City Schools, and they have one son, Reid, an eighth grade student at Sampson Middle School. Walters is seeking his second term.

Why did you choose to run to become a member of the Clinton City Schools Board of Education?

I feel like we are just now finding the equilibrium as a board. There are a lot of foundational values I want to see in the school system. As a board, there are things that we want to advocate for. I think it’s important for us to bridge the gap between the community and the local industries, and my experience makes me a good candidate for that.

If elected, how will you make a positive impact on the school system?

We need to transition into having more communication within the system. Today, people use social media for everything, and we need to start adapting to its use. That’s where we are these days. People use technology for everything. I think its important for us to get technology moved to the lower levels. We need to reinforce the importance of communication between the administration, teachers and parents.

E.R. Mason

Mason has 41 years of experience in the educational field. He is a graduate of Shaw University and East Carolina University. He has served as a board member since 2004 and also worked with Clinton City Schools as a teacher, administrator and coach. He is married to Clementine Hayes and they have four sons.

Why did you choose to run to become a member of the Clinton City Schools Board of Education?

I thought I could continue to be an asset with my board experience and with my experience in the classroom and as an education administrator.

If elected, how will you make a positive impact on the school system?

I want to encourage our board members, principals and central office staff to think about the children and do these things that can benefit them the most.

Mike Lanier

Lanier currently works for Murphy Brown as the director of corporate accounting. Originally from Harnett County, he is married to Kim Hobbs Lanier, from Clinton, and the have lived in Clinton for 24 years. He has two sons, Hayden and Lanier, both graduates of Clinton High School. Lanier is a member of the Rotary Club.

Why did you choose to run to become a member of the Clinton City Schools Board of Education?

This is something I have thought about for a couple of years. Both of my sons graduated from Clinton High School and I feel I am now in a unique and good position to run. I have been through working with Clinton City Schools and I know how things work.

If elected, how will you make a positive impact on the school system?

One thing I can bring is my experience and involvement with PTSO. I have had many rolls in the PTSOs, serving as treasurer. Being a CPA, I will be good for the financial side of things. I understand where the money comes from and where it needs to go.

Dana Scott

Scott, who is from New York, has lived in Clinton for 11 years. She currently works at the U.S. Postal Service in Clinton. She is married to Billy Draughon and they share eight children, ages 8-24. Scott currently has four children who are attending school in the Clinton City Schools system.

Why did you choose to run to become a member of the Clinton City Schools Board of Education?

It has always been my passion to help out children and be an advocate for them.

If elected, how will you make a positive impact on the school system?

I want to bridge the gap between the parents, teachers and children.

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By Kristy D. Carter

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