GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. – Several Colorado school districts were forced to call off school board elections after only a single candidate filed to run for the leadership positions.
All three school districts in Garfield County decided to call off school board elections for this November because of a lack of interested candidates, leaving incumbents to retain their seats unopposed, the Post Independent reports.
Roaring Fork school board members Shane Larson and Jen Rupert were both running unopposed in their respective districts, and will retain their seats for two-year and four-year terms, respectively. Another seat vacated by longtime board member Bob Johnson initially garnered interest from four candidates, however only two completed their packets and petitions for the upcoming election, and only candidate Jennifer Scherer acquired enough valid signatures to participate.
The situation left local election officials to declare the three candidates automatically elected, and local elections official Angie Davlyn called off the Nov. 8 election, according to the news site.
“With three candidates running unopposed and no other ballot issues or questions, state law directs that we can cancel the election and declare the candidates elected,” she said.
It’s a similar situation in the Garfield Re-2 school district, where officials last week decided to cancel the election after board members Anne Guettler, Shirley Parks and Brok Hedberg were left unopposed to retain their seats.
District secretary Sharon Donohue told the Post Independent the move saved an estimated $10,000.
“For Garfield County’s westernmost school district, Garfield 16, only three individuals had enough signatures to qualify for four open seats. Kevin W. Coleman, Lauralee C. Patton and Vincent T. Tomasulo will all retain their seats,” the news site reports.
School officials in Weld County are also declaring automatic wins.
“In another case of too few candidates to hold a race this election, Valley Re-1 School District officials canceled their election and appoint the two available candidates to the school board,” The Greeley Tribune reports.
“According to a news release from Valley Re-1, designated election officials Debbie Condos declared Kim Chacon and Christ Mast elected to four-year terms, effective Nov. 7. They were the only candidates for the positions …”
The Pagosa Springs Sun reports the “Archuleta School District had canceled this fall’s school board election due to lack of contested races,” as well.
In the Greeley-Evans School District 6, election officials also declared three incumbents and a newcomer automatic winners because they’re running unchallenged, though that district will still hold an election for a property tax increase.
“But Platte Valley Re-7, which includes the towns of Kersey and Gill, has canceled its election and appoint the three candidates who filed paperwork to run for three open seats,” the Denver Post reports. “Designated election official Glenn McClain declared Josh Fox, Kevin Piper and Landon Cogburn elected to four-year terms, effective Nov. 7. They were the only candidates for the positions …”