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3 school board seats up in D70, 2 in D60

The November election still is four months out, but it’s not too early to consider running for a position on the Pueblo City Schools (D60) or Pueblo County District 70 school board.

Mark Emery
Mark Emery

D60 has two seats up for election this year, while District 70 has three seats open.

Between the two districts, there will be at least four new board members elected and as of Friday, only one person has announced intentions to run for a seat.

Mark Emery, retired Pueblo County High School band director, has said he will seek the District 4 seat held by Lynette Masters, who is term limited.

District 4 encompasses the St. Charles Mesa.

Masters, the current board president, is one of two board members who are term limited.

David Valdez in District 5 also has served two terms and cannot run again.

The third seat in District 70 up for election this year is the District 3 seat held by Michael Connolly.

Connolly was elected to the board in 2009 but already has said he will not seek re-election.

District 3 encompasses a portion of Pueblo West.

District 5 encompasses the mountain communities of Colorado City, Rye and Beulah.

In D60, seats held by Stephanie Garcia and Phyllis Sanchez are up for election.

Garcia, who was first elected to the board in 2005, is term limited. She was re-elected to the board in 2009.

Sanchez, the current board president, is completing her first term in office. She was elected in 2009.

Sanchez previously served as an appointed member of the board from 2005-07.

Individuals interested in running for the school board must take out a nominating petition and get at least 50 signatures of valid registered voters.

The nominating petitions are available after Aug. 7 at the respective school board secretary offices.

The petitions must be filed with the board secretary by Aug. 30.

Potential school board candidates must have lived in the school district for at least 12 months prior to the election.

No person who has been convicted of a sexual offense against a child is eligible to serve on the school boards.

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