By Tammy Gray
Governing board elections for the Holbrook, Winslow and Joseph City school districts will be held this fall, and Navajo County Superintendent of Schools Linda Morrow notes that now is the time for interested individuals to consider running for office.
To qualify for a governing board position, candidates must be registered voters and residents of the district in which they are running for at least one year prior to the election. Special rules also apply to immediate family and household members of school district employees and current members of the governing board.
The positions are non-partisan and unpaid, but are responsible for making decisions regarding school district operations, such as setting policies, calendars and an annual budget.
Each local district has two seats, each for a four-year term, up for election this November.
In Holbrook, those seats are Ward 1, currently held by Rosie Sekayumptewa, and Ward 2, currently held by Linda Yazzie.
In Winslow, the positions up for election are currently held by Josephine Montoya and Loren Sadler.
In Joseph City, the seats up for election are currently held by Jim Edwards and Linda Kor-Fisher.
In addition, the Northern Arizona Vocational Institute of Technology (NAVIT) has five seats up for election, three of which will be filled by local candidates, including the Holbrook district seat currently held by Rosa Alley, the Winslow district seat currently held by Gregory Carlson and the Joseph City district seat currently held by Robert Martineau. The remaining two seats will be filled by representatives of Show Low and Blue Ridge.
Interested candidates may pick up a nomination packet at the county school superintendent’s office at the county complex in Holbrook, or may call (928) 524-4204 to request a packet. Completed packets may be returned to the superintendent’s office beginning on Monday, July 7, and must be filed no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 5. Morrow notes that a threshold exemption statement or a political committee statement must be filed before a candidate can collect signatures or begin campaigning.
School board elections will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 4, along with the general election.
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By Tammy Gray