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Local school board seats up for election

Local school districts are already gearing up for the Nov. 1 election, when several school board seats will be contested.

Throughout Colorado, the first day for incumbent and prospective new school board candidates to circulate nominating petitions is Wednesday, Aug. 3.

Locally, three seats each in both the Roaring Fork Re-1 and Garfield County Re-2 school districts are up for election this year.



Candidates in districts with more than 1,000 students, which includes both Re-1 and Re-2, are required to obtain signatures from 50 eligible electors within their districts in order to be nominated. Petitions must be returned by Friday, Aug. 26.

“I do ask that they return them by 1 p.m. at the latest that day, so that we have time to verify the signatures by the end of the day,” said Re-1 administrative assistant Cyndy Hallford.



In Re-1, which includes public schools in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Basalt, seats currently held by board members Myles Rovig, Bill Lamont and Debbie Bruell will be up for election.

Rovig holds the District D seat, which encompasses the middle and northernmost sections of Glenwood Springs.

Lamont represents District C, which includes the southern portions of Glenwood Springs, including the Glenwood Park area, and the areas west of the Roaring Fork and Crystal rivers to Carbondale.

Bruell holds the District B seat, which encompasses the majority of Carbondale.

All three board members are eligible to run for re-election, though none of them have publicly announced their intentions.

For Re-2, which includes Rifle, Silt and New Castle schools, the District B, C and D seats will be up for election.

District B is currently represented by Jay Rickstrew, who is term limited and cannot run again. The district includes the northeast section of Rifle, north of Dogwood Avenue, and the area east of Rifle toward Silt.

Incumbents Chris Pearson in District C and Scott Doherty in District D would be eligible to run for re-election, according to Re-2 Director of Districtwide Services Theresa Hamilton.

District C includes the southeast Rifle, south of Dogwood Avenue and south of the Colorado River, and District D runs from just west of Silt to the east part of New Castle.

Election packets, including eligibility guidelines and other information, can be picked up at the district offices in either district beginning Aug. 3.

Both local districts are also preparing mill levy override questions to be included on the Nov. 1 ballot. Details of those proposals will be determined later this month.

The last day for voters to register for this fall’s election is Oct. 3. Mail ballots will be sent to registered voters after Oct. 11.

jstroud@postindependent.com


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