School board nominations for Garfield County districts open in August |

School board nominations for Garfield County districts open in August

Several school board seats in the three public school districts serving Garfield County will be up for election this fall, and August is the month for any prospective candidates to declare their intentions.

Aug. 7 is the first day nomination petitions can be obtained from school district offices throughout Colorado. The deadline for candidates to return petitions with the required 50 signatures of qualified, registered voters living within the respective school district is Aug. 30.

In the Roaring Fork School District Re-1, which includes Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Basalt, the two Basalt-area school board seats will be up for election on Nov. 5, according to Cyndy Hallford, administrative assistant for the school district.

The Director District A seat, encompassing the section of Basalt south of Midland Avenue and Highway 82 in the Willits area, is currently held by board member Richard Stettner.

Director District E, now represented by Bob Johnson, takes in the areas north of Midland and Two Rivers Road in Basalt proper, and most of the rural Missouri Heights area.

Both Stettner and Johnson indicated to the Post Independent that they intend to seek re-election to the Re-1 school board. Terms for the two open Re-1 board seats are for four years.

Hallford advised that prospective candidates can obtain signatures from registered voters anywhere in the school district. The Re-1 district includes eastern Garfield County and the Basalt-area portions of Eagle and Pitkin counties, as well as the Crystal River Valley to Redstone.

“Elector’s signatures will be verified,” Hallford said. “It is recommended that candidates obtain more than 50 signatures in case some of the electors signing the petition are not correctly registered to vote.”

Petitions should also be returned to the district office at 1405 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs, by 1 p.m. on Aug. 30, to allow adequate time for signature verification. After that date, write-in candidates have until Sept. 3 to declare.

Information about the upcoming Re-1 board elections, including a map of the Re-1 board director districts, can be found at, “RFSD School Board Candidate Timeline 2013.” Questions can be directed to Hallford at 970-384-6009.

Two Re-2, all 5 D16 seats open

In the Garfield School District Re-2, one Rifle-area seat (District A) held by Mickie Hosack and the New Castle-area seat (District E) held by Anne Guettler will be up for election this fall, according to Re-2 spokeswoman Theresa Hamilton. Re-2 includes schools in New Castle, Silt and Rifle.

The Re-2 seats that are up for election will also be for four-year terms. Both Hosack and Guettler were appointed to fill vacancies on the board. Neither could be reached to say whether they intend to run for re-election.

Meanwhile, all five school board seats in the Garfield District 16 in Parachute/Battlement Mesa will be up for election this fall, said Rose Belden, director of business services for the district.

Three of the seats will be designated for four-year terms, while two will be for shortened two-year terms so that the seats will be staggered for future elections, Belden said.

Currently serving on the D-16 school board are Sarah Del Orona, Mitchell Jay Steinke, Michelle Bargas, Kevin Coleman and Megan Alstatt.

The same petition deadlines apply for any prospective school board candidates in Re-2 and D-16 as for Re-1.

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