WHITNEY HOFFMAN, Candidate for Kennett Township Board of Supervisors
Whitney was elected to the Kennett Township Board of Supervisors in 2015 and currently serves as Vice-Chair. Since her election, Whitney has worked to improve communications at the Township, including making the website mobile friendly and have the ability to stream township meetings online.
She helped start the annual Kennett Holiday Market with Historic Kennett Square and the Office Hours program. When the COVID-19 crisis hit, Whitney made over 1,500 masks for local residents and non-profits and has worked to keep the community updated with reliable information about the pandemic.
Whitney’s main job is working as a Senior Digital Strategist at Mingl Marketing, specializing in digital media strategy, content creation and management for the web.
Her husband Matt, two sons, James & John, and Darwin, their 85 lb bernadoodle, also keep her busy, hiking, cooking and travelling, when possible. Both James and John attended Kennett schools. James graduated in 2014, and John in 2017. The family has lived here since 2004.
VICKI GEHRT, Candidate for Kennett Consolidated School District Board
I am currently a School Director and Vice-President of the Kennett Consolidated School District Board, and am running for re-election to my second term. I also represent the school district as a member of the Chester County Intermediate Unit Board, composed of school directors from all Chester County school districts. I am a Rotarian, and President of the Longwood Rotary Club, along with being Chairperson of an international non-profit charitable organization. My background as a retired district superintendent/educator, and grandparent of two current Kennett High School students, gives me a perspective on the goals and objectives of the district/school administration, community, and School Board.
My priorities for the next Board term include: vigilance regarding the level of taxation that we impose on our constituents; identifying and providing the support necessary to maximize our students’ academic success; and maintaining the highest level of communication at all times with parents and our community.
Mark Bowden, Candidate for Kennett Consolidated School District Board
I am a journalist and author, best known for the book “Black Hawk Down,” who has lived in southern Chester County for thirty years and in Kennett Square for the last seven. My wife Gail and I raised five children here. I was a reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer for more than twenty years, reporting from all over the world, was an adjunct professor at Loyola University in Maryland, and then was Writer in Residence at The University of Delaware. I remain a regular contributor to The Atlantic. I am running for the Kennett Consolidated School District Board in order to contribute to our community. Having taught at the college level for many years, and been immersed in research and writing projects my whole life, I feel that education is the area where I have the most to offer.