Sioux City School Board Forum/Debate

Sioux City School Board candidates square off at a debate Aug. 27, 2015, in the City Council chambers. Five candidates will compete for three open seats in the Sept. 12 election.

Jim Lee, Sioux City Journal file

SIOUX CITY | One incumbent and four challengers will vie for three open seats on the Sioux City School Board next month. 

The deadline to file nomination papers for the Sept. 12 election passed at 5 p.m. Thursday without any last-minute entries.

School board member Perla Alarcon-Flory is seeking a new four-year term while Paul Gorski and John Meyers earlier announced they would not run for re-election.

The field also includes two former candidates, Shaun Broyhill and Miyuki Nelson, and newcomers Ron Colling and Jeremy Saint.

Alarcon-Flory, who owns Perla J Alarcón-Flory LLC, a Sioux City translation services business, points to her experience on the board and other work in the community.

Broyhill, a database administrator for Dakota Dunes-based Beef Processors Inc., has run for elective office before, including a 2016 run for an Iowa House seat, losing to Rep. Chris Hall, D-Sioux City. 

Broyhill won a school board seat in 2013, but was forced to resign before the first meeting to serve a 120-day jail term for violating probation on a misdemeanor theft charge. He says that he would make a good school board member nonetheless, and has owned up to his "youthful mistakes."

Nelson lost to Meyers in a special election last November to fill an unexpired term. A former food safety coordinator, specialist and regional manager of Food Safety and Quality Assurance for IBP and Tyson Foods, Nelson is a mother who already serves on the District Advisory and Equity in Education committees for the school district. She said she will "strive for excellence in education" if elected to the board.

Colling was a teacher in the Sioux City School District for 39 years. He plans to work on budgetary issues he says will face the school board in coming years. 

Saint, a local attorney, has considered running for the school board for years and recently was encouraged to go for it. He and his wife have two young children. The son of retired school teachers, Saint said he wants to ensure the district's programs remain strong. 

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