Jo Anne Embleton
Jacksonville Daily Progress
CHEROKEE COUNTY —
Twenty-seven candidates in Cherokee County will vie for school board seats May 11 in district contests, having filed by Friday, the final day to register their candidacy.
In Jacksonville, incumbents Jeff Horton – who seeks reelection to his Place 1 seat on the JISD board of trustees – and Place 2 member Blaine Verhelle were the only ones to file for two seats up for election.
According to a JISD official, because no other candidates filed, the school board will entertain a motion at its March 18 meeting to cancel the uncontested election.
In other districts, it was a different experience.
Rusk ISD had the greatest number of candidates – seven – file for three at-large seats, each a three-year term, including incumbents Tracy Session, Roy Cavazoz and Dana Young. Other candidates are Kimberly Beathard, Kimberly C. Clark, Jeff Johnson and Paul Emerson.
Five candidates are among those vying for seats on the Wells school board, including Phillip Jones and Gordon Cole, along with incumbents Larry Bailey, David Ruby and Danny Colbert. The district has three at-large positions, each a three-year term, up for election.
The New Summerfield school board race attracted four candidates for two at-large positions: incumbent Glenna Weaver, Lori Lawson, James Neeley and Gregory Carpenter. Each position comes with a three-year term.
Four also have filed for spots on the Alto school board. Incumbents Jay Jones, Lee Pearman and Cristin Skinner – appointed last May to fill a vacancy created by his predecessor half-way through a two-year term – are running, as is Jeff Duplichain, who will contest Skinner.
Jones' and Pearman's seats are three-year positions.
Troup's school board race attracted three contestants for two positions: Place 6 candidate Tre Cheney and Place 7 candidate Kevin Scot Ivy, along with Robbie Switzer.
Place 6 incumbent Johnny Johnson filed early in the season, but withdrew his candidacy in early February, according to district officials. The seats are for three-year terms.
In Bullard, school board trustees Tiffany Kirgan and Michael Roy filed as incumbents in the local school board election.
Kirgan serves as the Place 6 candidate, while Roy will run for his Place 7 seat.
Both will run uncontested.
This year, the early voting period runs April 29-May 7 for local school and government elections.