Chris Bammen is ready to offer a fresh perspective to the Grain Valley Board of Education.

Chris Bammen is ready to offer a fresh perspective to the Grain Valley Board of Education.

“I wanted the opportunity to serve and give something back to the community,” said Bammen on his decision to seek a seat on the board. “I would like to see if I can help the school district move forward with the challenges that they have.”

Bammen, along with incumbent Rusty Brown, are the only two candidates on the ballot. Filing closed Tuesday. Incumbent Jared English had filed but withdrew after seeing that Bamman had interest in running.

Since Bammen and Brown are unopposed, barring an unforseen write-in candidate, they will fill the two seats open.

“I filed last week because it didn’t look like there would be other candidates, and I thought it would send the wrong message if the seat was left unfilled,” English said in an e-mail. “Now that we have others interested in the job, I feel it would be best if I step down and let someone else participate.”

Bamman is an engineer and has lived in Grain Valley for five years. He is married and has three children, all attending Grain Valley schools.

“I have been a member of the district’s CSIP committee for a number of years and felt like I could do something more,” he said. “I think through my experiences, there are things I can offer as they construct buildings and bring other systems online.”

Brown, who was first elected in 2006, said his decision to seek another term was easy – he says he can continue to make a difference.

“I feel that the education of our children is of great importance to the future of our city, state and country,” he said. “I believe I help make decisions that are likely to affect positive changes to their education.”

Brown, director of environmental, health and safety for GENESYS in Kansas City, has one child.

“I think I bring a sense of balance to the board from a business perspective,” he said. “I also can utilize my extensive educational background.”