D51 School Board candidate petitions available

District 51 School Board candidates can pick up petitions now through Aug. 30
Posted on 08/08/2019
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Grand Junction, CO Candidate petitions are available starting today, Aug. 7, 2019, for anyone who wants to run for one of two District 51 School Board seats on this November’s ballot. School Board members are unpaid elected officials who oversee the superintendent and make important decisions, such as adopting a school calendar and approving the annual district budget. 

Anyone who wants to run for a seat on the D51 School Board must file a written notice of intention to be a candidate, pick up a nomination petition at the Office of the Superintendent at 2115 Grand Ave., and return the petition with signatures from at least 50 eligible voters. Petitions can be picked up at the Office of the Superintendent starting at 10 a.m. today. Completed petitions must be turned in at the same office by 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, 2019. 

Two out of five District 51 School Board seats are up for election this fall. The seats are in Director Districts A and B. Exact boundaries are available on the district’s website at www.d51schools.org, but, in very general terms, District A covers the far west end of the school district, including Mack, Loma, Fruita, Appleton, and western parts of the Redlands. District B includes eastern parts of the Redlands, parts of western Grand Junction (including much of the downtown area), Gateway, Unaweep Canyon, and the Dos Rios area of Orchard Mesa.

In order to run for School Board, a person must live within the director district that he or she will represent and needs to be registered to vote in District 51 for at least 12 months in a row before the election. No one convicted of a sexual offense against a child can run for a seat on the School Board. 

School Board members are elected to serve four-year terms. Potential candidates can call Bridget Story, the district’s designated election official, at 254-5139 for more information.

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