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School Board to fill three seats

Ryan Sheridan

Even with all the changes the Moffat County School District administration is experiencing, even more personnel changes could be on the way. At least one school board member will not be returning to his position, and the occupants of two other seats will be decided this fall.

Three Moffat County School Board of Education seats will be open on the November ballot. The positions for school Districts 2, 4 and 6 have cycled into their regular biennial election, which will be held Nov. 6. Those seats are occupied by board president Gary Ellgen, and members Chuck Malley and John Wellman.

According to Vicki Duncan, secretary to the school superintendent, four packets have been picked up, but none for District 6. Chuck Malley, who holds the seat now, will not be running for re-election.

“The main reason is I’m moving to Bend, Ore.,” Malley said. “If I could move there and still serve on the board, I would, but that obviously won’t happen. My last board meeting will be Sept. 24.”

For District 4, Gary Ellgen has picked up a packet, but has not made the final decision on whether to run.

“I haven’t fully decided, but I probably will,” Ellgen said. “I think I will, but it’s not definite.”

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John Wellman has already turned in his packet enabling him to run for re-election in District 2.

Jeff Whilden and Mark Field have also picked up packets.

To be eligible to run for a seat on the school board, a candidate must be a registered voter, a resident of the district they are running in for twelve consecutive months, needs to file written notice of intent, and gather 50 signatures on a nomination petition. Nomination packets are available at the School Administration Building at 775 Yampa Ave. The completed packets are due by 4 p.m. on Aug. 31. Each signature on the petition will be verified to ensure the signee is a registered voter, so collecting more above the minimum is recommended.

Anyone convicted of committing a sexual offense against a child is ineligible.

As soon as a person has declared their candidacy, they must complete the Fair Campaign Practices Act paperwork and turn it into the Moffat County Clerk and Recorder Beverly Johnson.

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