By Kyle Hinchey

Tulsa World

Four candidates from a wide array of backgrounds are vying for the District 5 seat on the Tulsa school board for the next four years. 

The current District 5 representative is not among them. Brian Hosmer, who was appointed to the board in February after his predecessor's resignation, decided against running for a full term.

A general election on Feb. 11 could decide whether John Croisant, Scott Pendleton, Kelsey Royce or Shane Saunders will replace Hosmer on the board. If nobody receives more than 50% of the vote, the top two candidates will meet in a runoff election April 7. 

A fifth candidate, Ben Croff, also signed up to run for the District 5 seat in December but said earlier this month he intended to withdraw from the race. However, the Tulsa County Election Board's deadline for candidate withdrawal has passed, and his name will remain on the ballot. 

The Tulsa World sent the other four candidates a questionnaire designed to give readers an in-depth look at who they are and why they are running. 

Their responses are listed in alphabetical order and have been edited only for grammatical and style purposes.