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Ralph Ayres files candidacy in Duneland School Board race

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Duneland School Board member and current president Ralph D. Ayres is the first and so far the only candidate who has filed a petition of nomination to run for school board in the General Election, according to the Porter County Voters Registration Office this morning.

Ayres holds the Westchester/Pine Twp. seat and is running for a second term in November.

Last Wednesday, July 23, was the first day that school board candidates could file a petition of nomination with voters registration. The deadline to file is Friday, Aug. 22 at noon.

The other two seats that are up this year are an at-large seat and the Liberty Twp. seat, held respectively by Michael Trout and Ronald Stone.

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.

In school board races, candidates run as independents and do not require declaration of party affiliation. Members are to serve four-year terms.

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

New this year, the state is requiring all candidates to file a statement of economic interests, or Form CAN-12.

Each candidate must confirm their residencies with the voters registration office. They must also be a registered voter.

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

Candidates are urged 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 be on the Nov. 4 ballot.



Posted 7/31/2014