A total of six seats will be contested in the school board elections for Durango School District 9-R and the Bayfield School District on Nov. 1. The election is a mail-in ballot.
Three seats on the Durango board will be contested.
Greg Spradling, a former principal of Durango High School, and Kristy Rodri, a former executive assistant to the superintendent and school board, will run for the District A seat currently held by Bruce Anderson. Anderson is not term-limited, but he will not run again.
Carla Mulkey, a former counselor at Needham Elementary, and Stephanie Moran, the coordinator of the GED program at the Durango Adult Education Center, will run for the District B seat held by Board President Floyd Patterson. Patterson is term-limited.
Current board member Julie Levy will run uncontested in District D.
Wendy Rice, the current board member for District G, will be running again. Suzanne Carlson, a mother of three Florida Mesa students and an attorney of criminal and family law, will run against Rice.
Jane Schold, the executive assistant to the superintendent and school board, said she was thrilled with the interest the race had generated.
It helps validate the importance of the school board, she said.
Six candidates will run for four open seats in Bayfield School District. Current board members Mike Derrickson and Don Mooney will run again. Janie Hoover, Gene Carlson, Levi Mead and Timothy Stumpf, a parent who works with the Southern Ute Indian Tribes Growth Fund, are the other candidates. Mooney is the only candidate who filed for a two-year term. The other five candidates will run against each other for three four-year terms.
The Ignacio School Board canceled elections. Current board member Toby Roderick will be running uncontested. Agnes Sanchez and Troy Webb will be filling the seats vacated by Chris Ribera and Betty Jo Quintana, who is term-limited. Sanchez graduated from the district and retired to Ignacio last year after more than 32 years teaching in New York and Connecticut. Webb has three children in Ignacios schools and is the principal at an alternative high school, Charlie Y. Brown High School in Bloomfield, N.M.
The League of Women Voters of La Plata County will be hosting candidate forums in October. See the organizations website at http://lwvlaplata.org for more information.