School board, CMC trustee seats up for election
It’s a big education election year in Garfield County, with board seats up for grabs Nov. 3 in Roaring Fork School District, Garfield Re-2, Garfield 16, and Colorado Mountain College.
The election will also be Garfield County’s first using an upgraded ballot system called Verity, part of a pilot program aimed at establishing a uniform voting system around Colorado.
In RFSD, four of five director districts are up for grabs and a bond issue is anticipated.
Karl Hanlon of District C and Mary Elizabeth Geiger of District A, who were appointed to the board in 2014 after redistricting conflicts, will both have the chance for new terms. Hanlon, who represents Missouri Heights and south Glenwood, plans to run, while Geiger, who represents western Carbondale and parts of El Jebel and the Crystal River Valley, said she was considering running but had not yet decided.
Carbondale District B representative Matt Hamilton will also seek re-election, while Glenwood Springs District D representative and board president Daniel Biggs was not available for comment. Basalt District E is not part of this year’s election.
Petitions are available at the district office, 1405 Grand Ave. in Glenwood Springs, and must be returned by Aug. 25 for a candidate’s name to appear on the Nov. 3 ballot.
Garfield County Re-2, which just parted ways with its superintendent, has three open seats, with two sitting board members reaching term limits. Patrick Burwell, the board secretary and director of south Rifle’s District C, is up for re-election in the fall. He could not be reached for comment regarding whether or not he intends to run for a new term.
Individuals who live in the Re-2 school district boundaries and are interested in becoming candidates can pick up nomination petitions through Aug. 28. To be considered, each petition must have 50 signatures from registered voters who live in the school district and who voted in the last election.
After the petitions are certified, the board will hold a training session in September so viable candidates will have a clear idea of what is expected of them.
Also, Garfield 16 will have three seats on the ballot. DeBeque District 49 and Eagle County School District, which include small sections of Garfield County, will also hold board elections.
Colorado Mountain College has four board seats up for election, including Garfield County’s District 2, which covers most of Glenwood Springs and Basalt as well as part of Carbondale.
Although the whole college district will vote in the November election, candidates must reside in the district they represent.
Petitions are available from the college’s Central Services administration office in downtown Glenwood Springs, and must be returned to the college’s district administration office by 1 p.m. Aug. 28.
“Colorado Mountain College is interested in having trustees who want to further the best interests of the college,” said CMC General Counsel Richard Gonzales. “Different people can bring different skills to the table.”
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