Tom Stobie for State Representative
to run for state legislature
Tom Stobie retired as superintendent of Frankfort-Elberta Area Schools at the end of December.
preparing to run as a Democratic candidate for the 101st District's seat in the state House of Representatives.
"I'd thought about it for a while," Stobie
said of his
decision to retire and run for the legislature.
"I've been in the position for nine-plus years and it was just time."
Stobie started his career as a teacher and coach at Frankfort-Elberta Area Schools in 1974.
moved to Jackson Public Schools
after five years and eventually retired from that district as a deputy superintendent.
returned to the Frankfort-Elberta area
He then accepted a job as the Frankfort-Elberta district's interim superintendent in 2004.
It was supposed to be a one-year gig, but Stobie
said school board members asked him to stay on after his
first 12 months.
pointed to two successful capital millage campaigns and the district's relative fiscal health -- including a balanced budget and a fund balance of 15 percent -- as his
most prized accomplishments during his
9 years as Frankfort-Elberta's top administrator.
"I'm proud of the way all of us, and it's not just me, kept the district afloat during the last five years since this downturn," Stobie
has never held an elected office.
ran for a school board seat while living in Jackson County but was defeated.
No other Democrats have announced intentions to run in the primary election slated for August, Stobie
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