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Website: Candidate did not respond.
Office sought: Gurnee Elementary D56
Family: Married to Lynn Merkel 2 Children Peter Merkel - Marquette University Greg Merkel - Warren Township HS
Occupation: Senior Pastor Faith Community Church
Education: Doctorate of Ministry, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena CA 2009
Masters of Divinity, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena CA 1987
Undergraduate BA in Religion, Point Loma University, San Diego CA 1983
Civic involvement: Breakfast Exchange Club of Gurnee
Gurnee Youth Baseball
Elected offices held: Board of Education 2004-Present
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: NO
The Outstanding Education of the children of District 56.
Keeping the District a desirable district for families with children
Candidate did not respond.
I believe that district 56 is doing an excellent job of preparing every child to be successful in all aspects of life.
I don't see District 56 facing any major budget issues. The District has a done a great job under the leadership of Dr. Hutton, Superintendent, to manage the budget and be responsible with tax payers money. I fully supported the District's recent referendum to build a new school to replace the aging and flood prone Gurnee Grade School.
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