No election for school board this year | AspenTimes.com

No election for school board this year

John Colson
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” Voters have been spared the difficulty of choosing two new members for the Aspen School Board in the November election.

The district announced Thursday that two candidates had signed up to run for the two open seats, currently held Sally Hansen and board president Laura Kornasiewicz.

The two candidates who filed nominating petitions by the deadline on Aug. 31, Kornasiewicz and former board member Fred Peirce, are thus summarily “declared elected,” according to a statement from Aspen School District election official Angela Rittenhouse.

Peirce had served on the board for two complete four-year terms, finishing up as the board president, and had to step down in 2005 due to term limits.

This will be Kornasiewicz’s second four-year term, as both she and Hansen were first elected to the board in 2003.

Hansen was not available for comment on why she is not seeking re-election.

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District Superintendent Diana Sirko said that after the deadline for nominating petitions had passed, and given that prospective candidates had about a month to get into the race, the district administration decided that it would be best to save the $5,000 or $6,000 that an election would cost.