Kerry Wood, superintendent of education, Republican

Wednesday, 10 a.m.
“I am, literally, the average person,” said Kerry Wood, a Republican who wants to be state schools superintendent. The computer programmer from Leesville would do away with textbooks and replace them with laptops. Kids would have less to lug around. He also wants smaller classrooms. How would he pay for it all? The money’s already there: “I believe there’s a lot of waste in the system.”

Mr. Wood is one of the three candidates least likely to get into a runoff. For more info on this race, check what I wrote about the superintendent debate, and see our endorsement (which only deals with the front-runners, frankly).