March 19, 2002

Craig Gilbert will succeed Janice Tunell, who will step down when her term expires on June 30, as a member of the Brandywine Board of Education.

Gilbert, 46, who lives in Crestfield, is the only candidate who filed to run for the seat before nominations closed on Mar. 15. As a result, there will be no election and he will join the seven-member board in July.

School board members serve five-year terms. They are not paid. Board seats become available on a staggered basis, rotated among geographic nominating districts. When there are contests, the elections are at large and members are regarded as representing the entire district.

Gilbert said he decided to seek the seat because board president Nancy Doorey and other members "have the board going in the right direction and I would like to keep it going in a positive way."

A graduate of Concord High School, he is employed by the Du Pont Co. as a business manager. His wife, Cathy, is a teacher at Springer Middle School. A daughter, Katy, graduated from Concord last June and their other daughter, Jennifer, is a junior at that school.

Gilbert is a member of the district's building oversight committee and its financial review taskforce. He was co-chair of last year's capital referendum campaign.

Tunell has served out the remainder of his term after board member Lawrence Nicholson resigned in the wake of charges of fiscal impropriety.

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