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No challengers yet in Duneland school board races; 10 days left to file

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Two more incumbents have filed their candidacies for another term on the Duneland School Board.

Since Aug. 1 Liberty Township representative Ronald “Red” Stone and at-large member Michael Trout have filed their nomination petitions at the County Voter Registration Office.

That means all three incumbents will be on the ballot in November’s General Election.

Board member Ralph Ayres, who holds the Westchester/Pine Twp. seat, filed his nomination a few days after the filing period began on July 23.

No challenger has come forward in any of the races.

The deadline to file is just ten days away Š Friday, Aug. 22 at noon.

Candidate hopefuls can obtain a petition of nomination, or Indiana CAN-34 form, on the Indiana Election Division’s website,, under Candidate Information, or from the County voters registration office, 155 Indiana Ave. in Valparaiso, Room 105.

The state is also requiring all candidates to file a statement of economic interests (Form CAN-12) along with their petition of nomination.

In school board races, candidates run as independents and do not require declaration of party affiliation.

Members serve four year terms.

In order to be accepted, the nomination petition form needs at least 10 signatures from registered voters living inside the boundaries of the school district.

Candidates are urged by the Voters Registration office to obtain more than 10 signatures in case there is a problem verifying the names.

Candidates are also urged to not wait until the last minute to file, since they must turn in the petition signatures in order to be eligible to run in the Nov. 4 election.

Each candidate must confirm their residencies with the Voters Registration office. They must be a registered voter.

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.


Posted 8/12/2014