MT. VERNON Ron Daniels filed his nominating petitions Monday to run for regional superintendent of the soon-to-be consolidated Regional Office of Education 13.
Daniels is currently in his third year serving as the Jefferson-Hamilton counties Regional Superintendent of Schools for ROE 25.
He filed as a Republican to be on the ballot for the March 18, 2014, primary election.
“I've enjoyed serving our school districts and the public,” Daniels said. “Even though we are reorganizing, I hope to continue to serve our school districts as regional superintendent.”
Also filing for that position Monday was Keri Garrett, the current Regional Superintendent of Schools for ROE 13. She is running as a Democrat.
Daniels and Garrett will face each other in the Nov. 4, 2014, general election.
“I absolutely love my job,” Garrett said. “I really enjoy providing services and working with the school districts. … It's a nice position for me and it's a good fit.”
To accommodate the upcoming consolidation, the deadline for regional superintendents to file their petitions was extended by the Illinois Legislature. Originally, the time frame to file was Nov. 25 to Dec. 2. It is now Dec. 16 to Dec. 23.
State legislation will reduce the number of ROEs to 35 by July 1, 2015. This will result in some ROEs being merged.
The current office serving this area is ROE 25, which includes Jefferson and Hamilton counties.
With the consolidation, Jefferson will now join ROE 13, which includes Marion, Clinton and Washington counties. Hamilton County will join ROE 20 in the southeastern part of the state.
Daniels said he decided
to run for the new ROE 13 because he hopes to “improve the services provided to our area schools and the surrounding community.”
He added that the race should prove very challenging.
“For me, it will be an uphill battle,” Daniels said. “I will be running in three counties that are new to me.”