Eight candidates seek spots on school boards
Five seats are up for grabs in November election
All but one candidate who submitted petitions to run for the District 70 school board has been certified for the Nov. 5 ballot, according to district officials.
Mark Emery, Jill Deulen, Deborah Houghton and Jonathan Ambler turned in petitions with the sufficient number of valid signatures, according to Pam Smith, board secretary.
Petitions for a fifth candidate, Erik Walsh, were deemed insufficient, according to Smith.
Petitions for all four of the candidates running for the Pueblo City Schools (D60) school board have been certified, according to Geri Patron, board secretary.
D60 candidates seeking the two at-large seats are incumbent and board President Phyllis Sanchez and newcomers Patty Milner, Frances Montgomery and Anita Stapleton.
The top two vote-getters will be elected to the board.
District 70, which elects board members by director districts, has three seats up for election but only will have one contested race in District 5.
Running for the District 5 seat are Houghton and Ambler. The District 5 seat encompasses the mountain communities of Rye, Colorado City and Beulah, and is currently held by David Valdez, who is term-limited.
Emery is the lone candidate for the District 4 seat, currently held by board President Lynette Masters, who is term-limited.
Deulen is the only candidate for the District 3 seat held by Michael Connolly. Connolly decided not to seek a second term.