School Board petitions available today

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People who want to run for School Board openings can pick up nomination petitions starting today.

Petitions are available at the administration offices of the Steamboat Springs, Hayden and South Routt school districts.

Candidates must be at least 18 years old, U.S. citizens, registered voters and residents of the district in which they want to run.

To get on the ballot, people need 50 signatures, or signatures from at least 15 percent of the eligible voters in the district for which they are running. In Hayden, 25 signatures must be gathered.

Petitions must be returned by Aug. 26. Candidates also must file a candidate affidavit with the Routt County Clerk and Recorder's Office within 10 days of publicly announcing their candidacies.

Three seats are up for grabs on the Steamboat Springs School Board, representing director districts 1, 3 and 5.

School Board President Paula Stephenson said in April that she did not plan to run, leaving the Director District 3 seat open.

Two candidates have announced plans to run for the Director District 1 seat: Michael Loomis, who recently was appointed to the seat after he moved into that district from Director District 5; and John DeVincentis, former Strawberry Park Elementary School principal.

Tom Miller-Freutel, who was appointed to the Director District 5 seat in June, has said he plans to run for that seat in November.

On the Hayden School Board, three seats are up for election this year, representing director districts A, C and E

So far, the only contested race is for Director District A. Incumbent Patty Bruchez, elected in 2001, and business owner Jeff Fry have filed candidate affidavits for the seat.

Brian Hoza announced plans last spring to run for re-election in Director District E, and board president Kurt Frentress, who has represented District C for almost 10 years, plans to file his candidate affidavit this week.

Three seats also will be up for election on the South Routt School Board -- director districts 1, 2 and 3.

AlidaLee Gingerich, recently appointed to Director District 1 after moving from Director District 2, said she plans to run for that position.

The School Board is looking to appoint someone to the open Director District 2 seat. Whoever is appointed then would be up for election in November.

Kevin Gneiser, who represents Director District 3, also will be up for election in November. He could not be reached for comment about whether he plans to run.

For more information about the nomination process or to see maps of the director districts, contact school district administration offices.

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