Aspen school board election attracts little interest

Michael McLaughlin
The Aspen Times

The Aspen School District Board of Education election is coming up in November, but the number of openings will outnumber the number of candidates.

The five-member Board of Education has three openings coming up for the next term. Only two candidates applied before the 3:30 p.m. Friday deadline.

Current board members Sandra Peirce and Sheila Kennedy Willis are both in the middle of their four-year terms. Bob Glah just finished his first four-year term and filed to run again in November, along with new candidate Susan Marolt.

That’s four board members for five seats.

School-board members are eligible to serve two consecutive terms. Terms are considered consecutive unless they are at least four years apart.

As the only two candidates running for three current openings, Glah and Marolt will become board members automatically.

The district now has the option to cancel the November elections, as both candidates are running unopposed. If that’s the case, once the new board has been sworn in this November, the four members then would appoint someone to take the fifth board position for a two-year term.

Current board President Charla Belinski said she knows of several candidates who could possibly fit for the final opening.

“I can think of one or two people that would be strong candidates,” Belinski said. “I can’t say for sure why they chose not to apply. We have a very strong district and board right now.”