Candidates emerge for every open Routt County school board seat
Steamboat Springs — Candidates have turned out to run in every Routt County school board seat up for re-election or a vacancy this fall, district election officials confirmed Friday.
The deadline to turn in regular petitions to run was the end of the day Friday, though last minute candidates could collect signatures and run as a write-in candidate as late as Monday.
In Steamboat Springs, seven candidates have come forward to run for four open positions — three are four-year positions and one is a two-year position.
Four-year candidates include incumbent Joey Andrew, a fifth-generation Steamboat resident and former substitute teacher, former community college professor and grandparent of a student, Margaret Huron, as well as Lindsey Wert, Anne Lowe, and Michelle Dover.
More information was immediately available about candidates who registered with the Colorado Secretary of State’s office as candidates last week.
Candidates for the two-year position are CMC assistant dean of instruction Sam Rush and Kristen Fieges.
Four-year seat incumbent Sherri Sweers is not seeking re-election, eight-year member Robin Crossan is term-limited and cannot run, and two-year seat incumbent Scott Bideau is not seeking re-election.
This is the first Steamboat school board election since voters in 2013 decided to abolish member districts and make all seats at-large.
Part of the rationale for making seats at large was to attract more candidates to open seats, rather than focusing on where they lived within a particular part of the district.
District seats are still used in South Routt, where five of the seven school board seats are up for re-election.
In District 2, incumbent Jane Colby, a principal for Cadmus’ energy services sector, is running un-opposed.
In District 4, incumbent and board president Jules Palyo is running against David Long, a corporate purchasing manager for Peabody Energy.
In District 5, incumbent Kristina Schalnus will run against Kelsi Edwards, a parent and the owner of a Yampa salon and Rod Olinger, a Routt County 4-H coach.
In District 6, Sean Veilleux is running unopposed. Incumbent Tim Corrigan did not seek re-election.
In District 7, incumbent Brett Mason, a parking and security manager at the Steamboat Ski Area, is running unopposed.
In Hayden, where at-large seats are used, four candidates are running for two open positions being vacated by eight-year members Vance Fulton and Sharon Nereson.
The candidates are Greg Hermann, a consulting engineer with experience on other types of boards, Kevin Lind, an architect and parent, Tammie Bowes Delaney, owner of Wild Goose Coffee at The Granary, and Lacey Ramos, a Moffat County School District speech language pathologist.
Lotteries within each district will determine the order of names on November’s ballot.
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