Deadline is Sept. 1; Steamboat has 1 candidate for 2 school board seats
With the confirmation Aug. 28 that Roger Good will not seek a second four-year term on the Steamboat Springs School Board this fall and the earlier announcement that Sam Rush will not be running again, there is a likelihood that neither seat will be contested in the November election.
School district election officer Deb Ginesta confirmed Aug. 30 that a single candidate, Katy Lee, has returned a completed nomination petition. And, with the deadline to return petitions set for Friday, Sept. 1, she added that one potential candidate who pulled a petition as soon as they were available has not yet turned it in.
A third potential candidate for one of the two available seats pulled a petition Aug. 28. All prospective candidates need to return their petitions with the signatures of 50 valid electors in the district by Friday — preferably by midday, so Ginesta can certify them.
If there are only two candidates for the two openings, those candidates are assured of serving on school board. On the other hand, should Lee turn out to be the only candidate, that would lead the school board to attempt to recruit a candidate willing to be appointed to the seat after the election.
To be eligible, candidates for school board must have been residents of the district for at least the previous 12 months.
Between the 2013 and 2017 elections, the school district has made the shift from school board elections with candidates tied to specific districts to an “at-large” system, in which all candidates compete for votes across the district. In 2015, there were four candidates for three seats, and the top three vote-getters claimed those seats. The change in systems was intended to help avoid problems encountered in recent election cycles, when there have been a dearth of candidates in one district and a surplus of candidates in another.
Good was elected through a contested election in 2013. This week, he said it’s time for someone else to step up to the a role on the school board.
“Between (six years on the Education) Fund Board and the Steamboat Springs School Board, I’ve served for over 10 years. I think that my public service has been adequate,” Good said.
He added that one of his most satisfying roles on the school board was his involvement in the decision to share proceeds from Steamboat’s 0.5 percent sales tax to support certain needs at the school district with the Hayden and South Routt school districts.
“I think that was a cornerstone in getting all three districts to work more closely together,” he said.
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