Write-in candidate pulls out of School Board race

A write-in candidate in the only contested seat in the Moffat County School Board election has pulled out of the race, leaving all three seats uncontested.

The election, however, might still have to occur depending on state law.

District administrative assistant Vicki Duncan said Tuesday write-in candidate Lisa Richardson informed her she was no longer interested in running.

Richardson, who put her name in as a write-in just before the Sept. 1 deadline, was running for the district 6 seat against Christine Balderston.

The seat currently is held by Rod Durham, Richardson's step-father-in-law.

Karen Stillion and Sandie Johns, incumbents in districts 2 and 4 respectively, are uncontested.

Without Richardson, there is no need for an election, Duncan said.

The election, scheduled for Nov. 3, was about to be canceled before Richardson came forward as a candidate.

However, the district might not be able to reverse the process, meaning officials would have to pay between $6,000 and $7,000 for an election that is essentially meaningless.

"It might be too late to put a hold on the election," Duncan said. "If there's any way to stop this election and save money, I would like to do it, but it might be too late."

Richardson was unavailable for comment.

Lila Herod, Moffat County chief deputy clerk and recorder, said the school district is in a difficult position.

"Generally, if a candidate formally withdraws, they just won't count votes for her," Herod said. "But in this case, the ballots have already been printed, and all the programming is done."

She said she has a call in to Colorado's Secretary of State to see if it is possible to cancel the election.

"The unfortunate thing is they could have canceled the election before," she said. "Now, they still have to spend the money on the election."

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