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Sussex County School Board Candidate

Anita West-Werner

Indian River School District

District 4 (1 Seat)

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On the civilian side I am a 737 Captain at United Airlines.  I have served in this capacity since September 2022.

I was hired at Continental Airlines in January 2006.  We merged with United Airlines in 2010.

I was a 757-767 First Officer from 2006-2011

I was a 777 First Officer from 2011-2019

I was a 787 First Officer from 2019-2022

I am currently a 737 Captain.

I served on the Professional Standards committee of the Airline Pilots Association - ALPA (our pilot union) from 2020-2022.

I served as a Line Oriented Safety Audit (LOSA) observer in 2015, 2020, and 2021.


I have been married to my Husband Bill Werner for almost 25 years.  We have 2 children, Weston Werner (16 - Sophomore at IRHS) and Analiese Werner (14 – Eighth Grader at SMS).


I attended Lord Baltimore Elementary, Selbyville Middle School, and Graduated from Indian River High School in 1992. I graduate From the University of Delaware with a BS in Animal Science – Pre Veterinary Medicine in January 1998 and I graduated from Wilmington University with a MS in Homeland Security in 2015.

I was inducted into the Indian River Alumni Association Hall of Fame in 2023.


I am running for school board because I have a desire to make IRSD the best district in the State of Delaware.  I am personally invested in this district for many reasons.  As a multigenerational native farm family I grew up in this district as did my extended family and we see how the area is changing.  I currently have 2 kids in the district.  As a native, I have had the opportunity to see the uniqueness of this area as well as the  potential of our district.  However, after moving out of the area for nearly 6 years and residing in the Appoquinimink School District (Northern Delaware) I have had the opportunity to see how other districts operate.  This  perspective can help enable me to not necessarily continue to maintain status quo simply because this is how we have always done things in this district for years, but perhaps see some different ideas that can improve our amazing district.  


Our administrators, teachers, and students are faced with many pressures and threats that are perpetually increasing. Issues such as safety/discipline, recruiting/retention, curriculum, and opportunities for advancement are at the forefront.  Additionally, recent changes in behaviors and mindsets that tend to run along political lines have a grave potential to negatively impact the children in this district as well as the rest of the country if we don’t act as leaders and stand up against implementation of such ideals and programs. I want to help ensure that we as leaders and parents are doing everything that we can to ensure that our children are given the best opportunity to succeed and become productive members of society as they transition out of this district and into life. I feel that starts at this level.  That is why I am running for school board.


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