School board election season is fast approaching, and locals are already announcing their bids for the open seats that will appear across the county. Deborah Kalina, a resident of Codorus Township, is one such candidate.

Kalina kicked off her campaign on Valentine's Day, when she officially announced her bid for a position on the Southern York County School District board and began to collect the signatures she needs to be on the ballot in the May 16 primary election.

Kalina has been involved in the district since her teenage son, Sam, was in kindergarten at Friendship Elementary School. According to a news release, she has served as the vice president and president of the elementary school's parent-teacher organization and is a member of the superintendent's advisory board. She said she decided to run because it seemed like the logical progression of her volunteer work.

"I love our school district very much, and I feel through all the activities I've done I got to really know students, teachers, parents and administrators," she said in an interview.

When she's not volunteering with the school, Kalina has worked as a business writer, editor and communications specialist. She serves as the president of the York County Democratic Federation of Women. She sometimes goes by the last name Yonick, her maiden name, which she uses as a byline for her writing. She is choosing to appear on the ballot as Deborah Kalina because that's what many people from the district know her as.

Kalina needs a minimum of 10 signatures from members of the Republican Party and 10 from the Democratic Party to appear on each ballot, but it is suggested by the York County Elections Office that potential candidates get 50 percent more than required to cover signatures that may be invalidated.

Kalina is the wife of Bill Kalina, The York Dispatch's digital content editor, and is a member of the newspaper's community advisory board.

Applicants interested in applying for a school board position are encouraged to contact their local school district to learn more.

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