Saturday, August 29, 2009
Steamboat Springs Two races emerged for Hayden School Board positions this week as petitions for all candidates came due.
Incumbent Vance Fulton, of District B, will face challenger and parent Laurie Hallenbeck.
Hallenbeck said she has not held an elected position before, but she wanted to become more involved in the district as her son gets older.
In District A, school board member Patty Bruchez did not return a petition as of Friday afternoon, leaving newcomers Tim Frentress and Darren Zehner to face each other for the seat. Frentress is a former member of the Hayden Town Board - now the Hayden Town Council - and Zehner is a former transportation director for the Hayden School District.
School Board President Brian Hoza, from District E, and board member Kurt Frentress, from District C, will run unopposed.
Candidates were required to gather 25 signatures to be eligible for the race.
State law requires that any interested candidate must be a resident of the district he or she will vie to represent for 12 consecutive months before the election. A candidate must have a nomination petition signed by at least 25 registered voters living within the boundaries of the school district, and only one person is allowed to circulate a petition.
South Routt School District will have no contests for the four seats up at this November's election. Incumbents John McCollum, Gena Hange, Willie Smith and Joel Harris will run unopposed.
In Steamboat Springs, Denise Connelly, the only running incumbent, will be unopposed in District 3. In District 1, Brian Kelly and Bill Kennedy both returned petitions with the requisite 50 signatures by Friday afternoon, leading to a race for the seat vacated by board member John DeVincentis. DeVincentis said he did not want to run for the position again.
Human Resources Director Anne Muhme, who is the elections supervisor for the district, said there were no outstanding petitions, and the three petitions filed were complete when they were submitted.
Kennedy is a former superintendent and longtime educator from New York. Kelly, who with his wife owns BTK Surveys, has been active on the Education Fund Board and other education-related endeavors in Steamboat.
The deadline for petitions in all three districts passed Friday night.
Reporter Jack Weinstein contributed to this report.