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Clock is ticking on school board races; filing ends at noon Friday

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Citizens of Duneland interested in running for school board have until noon this Friday to file a petition of nomination with the County Election Board at the Voters Registration Office.

The three board races in this yearís General Election on Nov. 4 will include the Liberty Twp. representative, the Westchester/Pine Twp. representative, and one at-large member.

Anyone interested in being a candidate can print a petition of nomination form, or Indiana CAN-34 form, right off the Indiana Election Divisionís website, /sos/elections, under Candidate Information.

The forms can also be obtained from the Porter County Voters Registration Office, 155 Indiana Ave., Room 105, in Valparaiso.

All candidates must also fill out and turn in a statement of economic interests (Form CAN-12) along with their petition of nomination.

In order to be accepted, the petition of nomination form needs at least 10 signatures from registered voters living inside the boundaries of the school corporation. Candidates are urged to obtain more than 10 signatures in case there is a problem verifying names or residencies and not to wait until the last minute to file their petitions.

School board candidates run as independents and do not declare a party affiliation.

It is also required by the state election division that candidates be registered voters within their respective county. They must confirm their status with the Voters Registration Office.

School board candidates are voted on by all the voters in the school district; however, the candidates for the Westchester/Pine and Liberty seats must live in those respective townships.

Races still uncontested

As of this morning, the Voters Registration Office reported the three current seat holders are the only candidates who have filed to be on the ballot.

Those are Ronald Stone (Liberty Twp.); Ralph Ayres (Westchester/Pine Twp.); and Michael Trout (at large).

No challengers have emerged in any of the three races.


Posted 8/18/2014