School board candidacy deadline approaching

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Time is running out for candidates interested in serving as school board members for the Moffat County School District.

Five candidates have applied for the four open district seats that go up for a vote Nov. 4.

The last day for applications is Aug. 29.

Open positions in districts 1,3,5 and 7 are four-year commitments.

According to the numbers, interest is waning in the district among applicants willing to serve as directors. In 2001, the district's last election, seven applicants completed packets for three positions.

So far this year, the only contested race is in District 1 between candidates Trish Synder and Leroy North.

Jo Ann Baxter and Andrea Camp are, so far, running unopposed in District 5 and 7, respectively. Incumbent Steve Hafey is currently the lone candidate running in District 3.

Three directors leaving the seven-member board include Phil Hastings, John Kincaid and Jerry Magas. Terms for members Gary Ellgen of District 2, John Wellman of District 4 and Rod Durham of District 6 go up for a vote in November 2004.

Baxter said she was encouraged to run for the school board position after retiring from 28 years of teaching, mostly within the Moffat County School district.

"I thought I could contribute to the board of directors and bring some expertise to the whole process,"

she said.

If elected, Baxter said she looks forward to being a policy maker.

She also said she believes the viability of the board would be increased if more candidates ran for the open positions.

"I think the more people who show interest, the better off we'll be," she said.

To qualify, applicants must be registered voters and have 12 months residency in the district they are wishing to represent. Candidates must submit to the district a petition of support with 50 signatures.

Time commitments for the post vary between weeks. Incumbent

Steve Hafey estimated he spends about five to six hours a week

preparing for meetings and more time at the public sessions and other

related activities.

Amy Hatten can be reached at 824-7031 or ahatten@craigdailypress.com.

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