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Basalt area needs school board candidates

John Stroud
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – With less than a week for candidates to declare for the two Basalt-area Roaring Fork Re-1 school board seats up for election this fall, only one prospective candidate has surfaced.

Incumbent school board member Bob Johnson intends to seek re-election to the District E seat, which includes the El Jebel/Missouri Heights area north of Highway 82 and portions of Basalt north of Frying Pan Road.

His counterpart in the District A seat, school board president Michael Bair, has said he will not seek re-election to a third term on the board. The Re-1 school board oversees public schools in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Basalt.

District A encompasses the area south of Frying Pan Road, including old town Basalt and Basalt South, and extending west to Catherine Store. The two midvalley seats are the only ones on the five-member school board that will be up for election on Nov. 3.

So far, Johnson is the only person to take out a nominating petition for either seat, said Cyndy Hallford, administrative assistant at the district office in Glenwood Springs.

“I haven’t had one call from anyone else,” Hallford said.

Prospective school board candidates are required to take out a nominating petition and obtain signatures from 50 registered electors within the Re-1 school district. Although candidates must reside within a specific sub-district, nominators can be from anywhere within the school district, Hallford said.

The deadline to return nominating petitions is 1 p.m. Aug. 28.

“That way I have time to verify signatures, and if they need an extra hour or so to go out and get more, they can,” Hallford said.

Write-in candidates for either seat may declare through Aug. 31. If no seat is contested by Sept. 1, the school board election may be canceled and any declared candidates automatically appointed or reappointed. If no one comes forward for the District A seat, the school board will advertise for someone to be appointed to the vacant seat.

Nominating petitions can be obtained at the district office, 1405 Grand Ave. in Glenwood Springs. For more information, call 384-6000.

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