Gene Moyers is one of two candidates running for a one-year seat on the Chillicothe R-II School Board.

As an educator and former school board member in Maine, Moyers said he wants to contribute to this community and school system.

“I am very interested in serving on the Chillicothe School Board because i believe that my academic background an positively contribute to the ongoing quality education offered in our community,” he said. “Chillicothe is rightfully very proud of its school system and our excellent employees.”

In 2005, Moyers and his wife, Muriel, decided to leave the harsh winters in Maine and return to Missouri. Moyers, who grew up in Farmington, said they chose Chillicothe after looking at several communities across the state. “We chose Chillicothe because it was, and certainly still is, a pleasant and obviously prosperous municipality.”

Moyers spent 30 years as a professor and administrator with the University of Maine System, teaching Labor and Employment Law, he said his educational experience causes him concern when it comes to electronics and today’s students.

“The electronic age is prevalent throughout society, especially demonstrated by our children. They are so dependent on their smartphones, iPads and laptops and acquire the vast majority of their knowledge from the internet,’ he said. While mastering today’s electronics is indeed important - and even necessary to communicate, I have a genuine concern that today’s students do not take the time and effort to pick up a book and pleasure read. Young people should learn to experience the excitement and mystery of exploring books.”

Moyers added that he thinks serving on a school board, as he did in Sedgwick, Maine is an important community service.

Since moving to Chillicothe, Moyers has served on the City of Chillicothe Planning and Zoning Committee for nine years, Board of Adjustments for 10 years, chairing the committee for eight years. He has also served on the Chautauqua Festival Committee for two years, The Livingston/Grundy Counties Salvation army Board for five years, is the past vice president for the Chillicothe Rotary Club and is a Boy Scout merit badge counselor and Eagle Scout. He also served in the United States Air Force for four years as a top secret crypto code interpreter. Continue reading the Constitution-Tribune for more election coverage.