D2 seeks board candidates
Two, four-year seats to be
decided in November
Southeast residents wanting to have an impact on the area’s academic future, take note. The Harrison School District 2 Board of Education is seeking candidates for the November ballot.
Two, four-year seats are up for grabs this fall – positions that in recent years have come with their share of instability.
The last time the posts were open, 2015, only two hopefuls submitted their petitions to the ballot. Eileen Gonzalez and Yesenia Torres were declared winners by acclimation, according to the nonprofit election database Ballotpedia.org. El Paso County records show the district did not submit a formal ballot that November.
Gonzalez resigned from the board in February 2018, according to media reports at the time, and Torres followed suit two months later. Both moved out of the district and were no longer eligible to serve.
Gonzalez’s vacancy was filled by Josh Hitchcock, who in turn resigned for career purposes last year. Keith Varney, a former board member and computer programmer, took the oath of office in April. He vowed at the time to fill out the term but was not then certain whether he would run for election.
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Each would-be candidate must collect at least 50 valid signatures from district voters in order to qualify for the ballot.
Application packets are now available at the school district headquarters, 1060 Harrison Road. They may be acquired from Norma Arrambide, the district’s designated election official, between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays through Aug. 30.
A candidate forum is scheduled to take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 4 at the district Administration Building, 1060 Harrison Road.