Summit School District, CMC board candidates must file petitions by Aug. 28
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Four seats are available this year in the biennial election on Nov. 3 for the Summit School District Board of Education.
The four-year terms now held by Alison Casias, Dave Miller, Sue Wilcox and Erin Young will expire in November. Miller and Wilcox are eligible to run for another term, while Casias and Young are term-limited.
Wilcox said she is planning to run again.
“It’s been a very fulfilling position, and I learned a lot,” she said. “I hope I’m able to serve the next four years, so that I can continue on the next four years now that I have that base knowledge.”
Miller did not return a call by press time, but district spokeswoman Julie McCluskie said he would not likely be running again.
The terms for the remaining three members of the board — Margaret Carlson, J Kent McHose and Marilyn Taylor — will expire in November 2017.
People interested in becoming candidates may pick up nomination petitions beginning at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 5, at the district’s Central Administration Offices across the parking lot from Summit Middle School, at 150 School Road in Frisco.
Potential candidates then will have until 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 28, to gather the required 50 signatures of people registered to vote within the Summit School District boundaries.
Candidates run at-large in a non-partisan election. They do not represent a geographic area other than the entire district, and they are not selected through a political party nominating process.
Candidates for school board positions must be registered voters within the Summit School District boundaries, have resided in the district for at least one year before the November election and not have been convicted of committing a sexual offense against a child.
Besides those requirements, the Colorado Association of School Boards (CASB) lists desirable attributes for effective board service including vision and ability to see the big picture, a strong belief in the value of public schools, ability to work as a team member, willingness to spend the time necessary to become informed on school district matters, respect for the needs and feelings of others, and the ability to listen and communicate well.
For more information, contact Karen Mack, the designated election official for the district, at (970) 368-1002.
Become a CMC trustee
The Colorado Mountain Junior College District also is seeking a Summit County candidate to run for its seven-member board of trustees.
The current Summit representative, Bob Taylor, said he plans to focus on other interests and won’t be running again.
The last few years at the college have seen dramatic changes including a new president, more bachelor’s degrees and a new strategic plan, he said, and the Summit representative will help make major policy decisions and influence projects in the works including a rebranding effort and an increased focus on diversity.
“It’s a fantastic job,” Taylor said. “It’s a great place to be a part of.”
Candidates for the four-year trustee term must reside in Summit County and be eligible electors, as defined by state statute.
To be eligible in the Nov. 3 general election, interested persons must file nominating petitions, which are available at the college’s Central Services administration office in downtown Glenwood Springs or by mail starting Aug. 5. Petitions with at least 50 qualifying signatures must be returned to the administration office by 1 p.m. on Aug. 28.
For more information or to request a petition, call Debbie Novak at (970) 947-8365.
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