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Schools election assured this fall

Jennifer Davoren
Aspen Times Staff Writer

The Aspen School District will host its first school board election in six years this November, due to interest from at least three candidates.

Aspen residents Tom Clapper and Sally Hansen and Snowmass Village resident Laura Kornasiewicz have been certified as candidates by the school district and the Pitkin County Clerk’s Office. The trio will vie for two spots opening on the school board this fall with the exit of President Augie Reno and Vice President Jill Uris.

The winners of the Nov. 4 election will join members Alice Davis, Fred Peirce and Jon Seigle on the board for a four-year term.

Though Clapper, Hansen and Kornasiewicz are the only candidates authorized by the district so far, there’s still time for another candidate to sneak onto the ballot. The deadline for candidate filings is 4 p.m. today, when all petitions – required by law to include signatures from 50 registered voters living within the school district – must be turned in to the school district office.

Administrative assistant Angela Rittenhouse, who issues and collects all nomination petitions for the district, said Thursday that six people had picked up candidate information since it became available on Aug. 6. While three of those have been certified as candidates and a fourth decided to withdraw his petition, two potentials are still considering a run for office.

“There are two petitions still out there, but I’m assuming they decided not to run,” Rittenhouse said. However, they have the rest of the day to change their minds.

The school district plans to run one more ad in today’s Aspen Times, reminding potential board candidates about the 4 p.m. deadline, Rittenhouse said.

Election proceedings will continue next week, when board candidates will meet to hash out campaign plans with the district.

“Five days after the [filing deadline], I need to set a meeting with them – we have to do a lottery to place names [in a to-be-determined sequence] on the ballot,” Rittenhouse said.

[Jennifer Davoren’s e-mail address is jenniferd@aspentimes.com]


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