Filing starts Monday for city, school races
Polk County Enterprise - February 25, 2007 - March 4, 2007
LIVINGSTON – Monday marks the first day of filing for candidacy for the May city council and school board elections, but not all school districts will be participating this year.
May 12 will be election day for the cities of Livingston, Corrigan, Onalaska and Goodrich and for Livingston, Corrigan-Camden, Onalaska, Goodrich and Chester school districts.
Due to passage of House Bill 1 during the last legislative session, the Leggett and Big Sandy school districts will be required to delay their board elections until November 2008. House Bill 1 requires independent school districts to jointly hold trustee elections either with a municipality located within their district’s boundaries or with a county during a November general election, held in even-numbered years. Since there are no municipalities within the Leggett and Big Sandy school districts, their elections will be in November 2008.
Filing for the May elections technically started on Saturday, the 91st day before election day, but the law allows cities and schools to move the first day to apply for candidacy to the next business day, Monday.
Three at-large positions on the Livingston City Council will be filled by voters on May 12. Terms up for election are those presently held by council member Judy Cochran, Clarke Evans and Ray Luna.
Voters in the City of Onalaska will also fill three at-large positions on the city council. Those seats are presently held by Carl Cruse, Shirley Gilmore and Patsy Goins.
Terms due to expire on the Corrigan City Council are those presently held by Johnna Lowe Willson, Position 1; Lou Eaton, Position 3 and Martha Barthold, Position 5.
In the City of Goodrich, the position of mayor, currently held by Lori Thomas, will be filled, as will two council seats: Position 1, now held by Marilyn Peters and Position 2, currently held by Dennis Patterson.
Two at-large positions on the Livingston Independent School District Board of Trustees will be filled by voters. Expiring terms are those held by Brian Bounds and Frank Henderson.
Voters in the Onalaska ISD will fill three school board posts: Position 1, presently held by Sherrie Winkle; Position 2, now held by Caryn Price and Position 5, now held by Tom Curran.
Two positions on the Corrigan-Camden ISD will fill two trustee positions: Position 6, currently held by Russell Harvey and Position 7, now held by Melanie Taylor.
Goodrich ISD voters will fill three school board posts: Position 5, now held by Melvin Leggett; Position 6, presently held by Steve Nelson and Position 7, now held by Brenda Bennett.
Four at-large positions will be held on the Chester ISD Board of Trustees. Those posts are currently held by Steve Havis, Ray McKnight, Vonda Tolar and Morgan Wright.
The deadline to file for candidacy in the May 12 elections is March 12.
Early voting for the elections will be held from April 30 through May 8.