On Tuesday, Feb. 13, all but one county school district will hold elections to fill school board seats, along with the Northeast Technology Center’s Zone 1 seat.

Two candidates filed to represent school district residents living in both Rogers and Mayes counties.

Candidates are:

Stephani Freeman

As the incumbent candidate, Stephani Freeman’s goal is for Northeast Technology Center to become the premier technology center in the state. She believes that her business background and following the traditions of her father, George Freeman, in community involvement and awareness give her the tools to achieve this end.

As co-owner of Inola Casting Works (ICW), the business founded by her father, she says that customers and employees are the lifeblood of the company. According to Freeman, the students, businesses and industries that make up the clientele of NTC are most important assets of both her business and the technology center.

Freeman resides in Inola. She graduated from Claremore High School in 1992 and received her associate’s degree in English from Rogers State University in 1995. She has worked at ICW since 1990 when the company was established. Currently Freeman oversees the marketing and sales department and is vice president and co-owner of ICW along with siblings David Freeman and Cheryl Charles. Freeman’s community involvement includes Leadership Rogers County, Inola Chamber of Commerce, Claremore Chamber of Commerce, Pryor Chamber of Commerce, and Share the Spirit Board. She has participated at a service level in Inola Hay Day Celebration, Relay for Life, JM Davis Foundation, and Inola Chamber Banquet. Freeman’s business, ICW, received the Rogers County Entrepreneur Award in 2005. For more information see her Web site at www.votefreeman.com

Charles L. Wilson

Charles Wilson is running for office because he believes that his experience in the field of vocational technology will enable him to make the choices that will help keep our vo-tech system one of the finest in the nation.

In 1975 Wilson moved to Claremore to teach Vocational Automotive Mechanics at Foyil Public Schools. He remained at Foyil until 1990, then moved to Northeast Vo-Tech at the Afton Campus. In 1996, he transferred to the south campus until retirement in the spring of 2000 with 25 years of service. He was selected as the outstanding teacher for the district in 1990-2000. His students won many awards during his time at Northeast Vo-Tech.

Wilson has a Master of Science in Trade and Industrial Education with 50 additional hours in school administration. He holds valid teaching certificates for Instructor, Secondary Principal, and Superintendent. He has a Vocational endorsement for area school administration.

Wilson’s son, Charles Lynn Wilson is Vice President of special projects at RCB Bank, and his grandson, Charles Lynn Wilson, Jr. is a freshman at Claremore Public Schools. The family has lived in the area since 1975.

Professional affiliations for Wilson include: Retired Oklahoma Education Association, Retired National Education Association, Rogers County Association of Retired Educators and Support Personnel, and National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.##