One Rifle-area school board petition in so far |

One Rifle-area school board petition in so far

Two western Garfield County school districts are lining up candidates to run for school board seats that will be up for election in November.

To date, only one of two eligible Garfield District Re-2 incumbent board members, District C representative Chris Pearson, has returned a valid petition to run for re-election, according to Re-2 Director of Districtwide Services Theresa Hamilton.

Pearson is the current school board secretary. She could not be reached for comment on Tuesday.

Re-2 includes public schools in Rifle, Silt and New Castle. As in all Colorado school districts, prospective school board candidates must return nominating petitions by Aug. 26 to be included on the Nov. 1 ballot.

The only other current Re-2 board member who is eligible for re-election, Scott Doherty in District D, has not publicly indicated if he will run again. The third open seat, District B, is currently held by board president Jay Rickstrew, who is up against term limits and cannot run again.

“We do have several sets of petitions out, but until we receive them we can’t release names,” Hamilton said. “We have certainly had some interest in all three areas.”

District B includes the northeast section of Rifle, north of Dogwood Avenue, and the area east of Rifle toward Silt. District C includes 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.

All three Re-2 seats that are up for election are for four-year terms.

Meanwhile, District 16 in Parachute-Battlement Mesa, also has three open seats in this fall’s election, one for a two-year term and the others for four-year terms, according to D-16 administrative assistant Marilyn Mondragon.

All three incumbents, David Higuera, Dora King and Cheri Witt-Brown, are eligible to seek re-election. To date, no nominating petitions have been received by the District Office, Mondragon said.

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