Area school board seats up for grabs

Most districts have seats going unchallenged

Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District is the only local district with more challengers than open seats in the Nov. 7 school board election.

Persons interested in running for a position on a school district governing board have until Aug. 9 to file nominating petitions.

All seats up for election are for four-year terms.

C-OC district will have at least six candidates for three open seats. The terms of Carol Ebersole, Myrna Hillyard and Lori Simmons will expire this year. According to Karen McCracken, administrative aide for the Yavapai County Education Service Agency, Ebersole and Simmons have filed preliminary paperwork for re-election.

"But nobody has turned in petitions, yet," McCracken said.

She said four challengers have also filed preliminary paperwork for the C-OC district. Those candidates are Jason Finger, A. Pilar Garcia, Brett R. Rigg and Janice Rollins.

Clarkdale-Jerome School District has two seats coming open. The terms of Anthony Lozano and Irma Dale Williams will expire. So far, Williams is the only incumbent to file preliminary paperwork, and no challengers have taken out paperwork to file.

At Mingus Union High School District the terms of Kerrie Bluff and Andy Groseta will both expire. Neither candidate has filled out the preliminary paperwork for re-election. Bluff has told The Verde Independent that she will seek election to the Valley Academy of Career and Technology Education (VACTE) instead of running for re-election to the Mingus board.

Eric Wyles, who recently served on the Mingus facilities committee, has filed the preliminary forms to run for the Mingus school board.

The VACTE Governing Board will have three terms expire for Sonny Rodriguez, Tom Moore and Steve Dockery. Those incumbents have indicated they will seek re-election.

Kerrie Bluff has filed preliminary paperwork to challenge Rodriguez for the board position representing Mingus Union High School.

Because VACTE is made up of several regular school districts, its board members are elected to represent a specific member school district.

Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter's office will appoint school board members to those districts that have open seats following the November 7, general election.

"After the election we'll know what's open," McCraken said.

She said that Carter's office would run a public notice soliciting interested persons for those open seats. Carter ultimately makes the choice of who is appointed to the open board positions.

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