Roaring Fork school board limits |

Roaring Fork school board limits

Early results Tuesday night left the question of Roaring Fork School Board Re-1 term limits in a virtual tie.

Currently, Re-1 school board members may only run for two consecutive four-year terms for a total of eight years.

As of press time, 2,805 voters, or 51 percent, were in favor of freeing school board members from those term limits, while 2,736, or 49 percent, voted to keep term limits as they are.

Term limits are set in the Colorado Constitution for elected officials at the congressional, state and local government levels.

Re-1 Board Member Sue Hakanson said she feels term limits should be eliminated, but that the vote probably wouldn’t affect any of the current school board members.

“It’ll be nice if it passes,” she said, “because it won’t tie our hands in the future. But for the current board, we probably won’t run for more than two terms as it is.”

Hakanson also said that anything that makes it easier for people to run – and keep running – for a demanding unpaid position like the school board is beneficial.

Re-1 board member and Garfield County commissioner candidate Tresi Houpt agreed that term limits should be eliminated. She is nearing the end of her second term, and said she would resign from the school board if she was elected county commissioner. She said she feels eight years is a good amount of time to serve the board.

“I don’t think term limits are appropriate for a school board seat,” she said. “We’ll appoint someone to fill my place on the board, and it’s advantageous not to have term limits in place, so the voters and the board member can decide what is the right amount of time to serve.”

Roaring Fork School Board President Robin Garvik agreed.

“My personal stand is to repeal limits for school board members,” she said. “These aren’t politically held offices, and we serve on this board without pay and from the goodness of our hearts.”

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