Candidates for the Board of Education in seven Jackson County school districts had until 5 p.m. Wednesday to file their Declarations of Candidacy. Jackson County Election Board Secretary Jennifer L. Wilson confirmed that although candidates have filed, no races developed.
The Board of Education positions at stake will be filled at the Annual School Election scheduled Feb. 9, 2016. If no candidate receives more than 50% of the total votes cast in this election, the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes will meet in a runoff election on Tuesday, April 5, 2016.
Offices for which Declarations of Candidacy were accepted included Altus School District, Office No. 1; Blair School District, Office No. 1; Duke School District, Office No. 1; Eldorado School District, Office No. 1; Navajo School District, Office No. 1; Olustee School District, Office No. 1; and SW Vo-Tech, Dist. #27, Zone 2.
Those filing were Steven Davis, incumbent, for Office 1 in Blair; Casey Miranda, incumbent, for Duke Office 1; Phillip Matthew Muller, incumbent, for Navajo Office 1; Bryan Waller, incumbent for Olustee Office 1, and Bruce Carson, incumbent for SWTC Zone 2.
There were no filings for Altus or Eldorado. When there is no filings for a position, the school district then has the authority to appoint someone for the position for one year, or until the next election. The Altus School Board said that because this is such a rarity that no one filed, they are currently determining the time frame for appointing someone, who it can legally be appointed and other factors.
The open position for the Altus School Board is currently being held by Keith Phillips. Phillips’ last day will be for the February 2016 board meeting.
For more information, contact the Jackson County Election Board at (580) 482-2370.
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