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Ralph Thomas Announces Board of Ed Candidacy

By Staff | Mar 14, 2018


Ralph Thomas has announced his candidacy for Tyler County Board of Education. Ralph and his wife, Jane, reside in the Dale Community (Indian Creek). Ralph is running for the school board in order to be directly involved in the function of the board, to create and revise policies consistent with state and federal law and to increase the level of the board’s communication in the community that results in a good educational program in Tyler County.

Ralph worked at a coal-fired power plant near Marietta, Ohio (AMP Ohio) for 20 years until it closed in 2010. He is currently employed by Wetzel County Schools as a school bus operator. Ralph is the owner of Thomas Motorsport, LLC, a demolition derby promoter. As a promoter, Ralph has learned the skills of creating awareness, social involvement, and operating as a team.

Ralph is the son of Jackie and Nila Thomas of Lima. He graduated from TCHS in 1980. Ralph has two children who were educated in Tyler County Schools, Joe (Becky) Thomas of Buck Run and Amanda (Tim) Spencer of Alma. He has four grandchildren attending Tyler County Schools. Nick and Ashlee Spencer are students at Tyler Consolidated High School/ Middle School. Beau and Brooks Thomas are students at Sistersville Elementary. Ralph’s daughter, Amanda, is a school bus operator for Tyler County Schools and his daughter-in-law, Becky, is a teacher at Sistersville Elementary.

Ralph understands the role of the school board, to fulfill state and federal mandates and be responsive and accountable to the community it serves. He says, “As a member, I would listen to and investigate all information available on an issue before I form an opinion and cast my vote.”

Ralph believes that teachers, staff, and service personnel all play an important role for students. He says, “Each group has a role to perform and separate areas of responsibility, but they are all as one in the educational welfare of the students.”

Ralph’s name will appear as number three (3) in the order on the primary ballot. Ralph commented, “I have no particular interest to promote. I would take the responsibility seriously and I would appreciate the opportunity to serve you on the Tyler County Board of Education.”