3 Re-2 board seats up for election this fall
Citizen Telegram Contributor
Three seats on the Garfield Re-2 Board of Education are up for election this fall, and with two sitting board members reaching their term limits, there will be a need for candidates to serve on the five-person board.
Board President Chris Pearson, who is also the director of Re-2 District B in east Rifle, and Treasurer Scott Doherty, the director of District D in Silt, are both facing term limits.
Patrick Burwell, the board secretary and director of south Rifle’s District C, is up for reelection in the fall. He could not be reached for comment regarding whether or not he intends on running for reelection.
During the board’s July 8 meeting, Nancy Donohoue was approved without dissent to be the school board election official. Donohoue, an Re-2 secretary, will certify the candidate’s petitions as they come in and help facilitate the election in November.
Individuals who live in the Re-2 school district boundaries and are interested in becoming candidates, can pick up nomination petitions Aug. 5-28. 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.
Re-2 sent out an email to district parents, issued a press release and posted an alert on the district Facebook page, in hopes of reaching those who are interested in public service.
“We need candidates,” Vice President Anne Guettler stated during the July 8 meeting. “A solid community is built on public education.”
Pearson, who is near the end of her second four-year term, remains firmly sold on the upside of taking an active role in public education. “There is zero pay. But I’ve been an educator for 25 years,” Pearson said. “I come from a long line of educators and in my book, education is one of the most important things there is.”
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