Only two candidates saying they’ll run for school board

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A Nov. 3 school board election may not happen without more candidates.

School District 51 Board of Education hopefuls have until next Friday to fill out an application and turn in a petition with 50 signatures from voters.

Only incumbents Leslie Kiesler of District D and Harry Butler of District C had turned in applications as of Wednesday afternoon.

District E representative Ron Rowley is term-limited. If just one person applies for his seat, and no one turns in an application to run against Kiesler or Butler, each person will win by default, and the district will not need to have an election. The deadline for adopting any plans to extend terms or changing the number of board members has passed.

Not having a paper ballot election would save the district an estimated $85,000, according to district spokesman Jeff Kirtland.

A petition has been picked up for District E, but the form has not been returned yet. If there is no valid candidate for the seat, the remaining board members can appoint a new member that lives in District E.

Petitions and applications can be picked up at the superintendent’s office at the district’s administration building, 2115 Grand Ave., and must be turned in no later than 4 p.m. Aug. 28.

A person must be a registered voter that has lived in a single school district section for at least 12 consecutive months before the Nov. 3 election date. The district is divided into five sections, labeled A, B, C, D, and E, spreading from west to east. A person must live in district C, D or E to run for school board this year. District B and A seats will be up for
election in November 2011.

School board members serve up to two terms of four years each.


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