District 51 School Board candidates can pick up petitions now through Sept. 1

Grand Junction, CO – Candidate petitions are available starting Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, for anyone who wants to run for a seat on the District 51 School Board this November.

Anyone who wants to run for a seat on the D51 School Board must file a written notice of intention to be a candidate, pick up a nomination petition at the Office of the Superintendent at 2115 Grand Ave., and return the petition with signatures from at least 50 eligible voters. Completed petitions must be turned in to the Office of the Superintendent by 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, 2017.

Three District 51 School Board seats are up for election this fall. The seats are in Director Districts C, D, and E. Exact boundaries are available on the district’s website at www.d51schools.org, but, in very general terms, District C covers parts of central and north-central Grand Junction, including areas around the airport; District D includes portions of Pear Park, Fruitvale, Orchard Mesa; and District E has all of Palisade and portions of Clifton and East Orchard Mesa.

In order to run for School Board, a person must live within the director district that he or she will represent and needs to be registered to vote in District 51 for at least 12 months in a row before the election. No one convicted of a sexual offense against a child can run for a seat on the School Board.

School Board members are elected to serve four-year terms. The board has five members, none of whom are paid. Potential candidates can call Terri Wells, the district’s designated election official, at 254-5193 for more information.