Jeremy Wright said he wants to be an advocate between the schools and the school board as he joins a wide field of seven other candidates for the Mexico School District No. 59 Board of Education.

Wright said Mexico is a good district, but he still wants to work with students, teachers and staff to make it even better. “I would like to make the school system run smoother and better,” he said. “There are things I want to find out why we have a high turnover rate for teachers.”

Wright is a 1998 Mexico High School graduate and branch manager of Plumb Supply Co. in Mexico. His daughter, a seventh-grader at Mexico Middle School, is active in sports, and he is a regular presence at school events, which will be part of his advocacy, he said.

“I’m always there… if somebody needs someone to talk to,” Wright said. “I stay pretty active in the school system and extra-curricular activities. I make myself available.”

Wright decided to run for the board so that he could more involved with what his daughter is learning on a daily basis. “It’s our future, you know,” Wright said.

He said reconfiguring the elementary schools is the biggest issue facing the district. “That’s still a challenge left ahead of us to tackle,” Wright said, adding some parents have expressed concern over security issues to him.

His honesty is a plus in his candidacy, Wright said. “I look forward to being on there and serving the district in the best of my abilities,” he said.

If elected, Wright is looks forward to working with teachers, students and other staff in the district “to resolve some of the issues and any upcoming issues,” he said.