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Time is Running Out to ‘Get On Board’

John Tramontana

By John Tramontana, MASB Director of Communications, PR & Marketing

DashBoard, July 20, 2016

We’re less than a week from the filing deadline, and if you haven’t been able to Get On Board, you’d better hurry because the clock is ticking. All filings are due to your local clerk by Tuesday, July 26 at 4 p.m. You still have time, but let’s look at what you have to do before time runs out.

For current board members, if you’re not running for re-election, have you told you superintendent and fellow board members? If not, do it now. You don’t want to leave an open seat on the ballot. Trying to find someone to fill your seat in a matter of days may be difficult, but not impossible. Look for someone who brings a different perspective than what is currently at your board table. Talk to neighbors, relatives, friends and other community members to help you find the right candidate.

Not sure if someone has filed to run for an opening already? Contact your county clerk and ask for a list of those who have filed. If one of the seats belongs to a current board member, contact him or her and see if they plan on filing. If you don’t have at least one candidate for every available seat, you still have work to do. Get recruiting and be sure to mention all of the rewards of board service!

Once you find the right candidate, there are two ways to file. Remember, if your district has a population of less than 10,000 people, you need at least six signatures, but no more than 20. If you live in a district with more than 10,000 people, you have to get at least 40 signatures with a maximum of 100. Those who sign must be registered voters and live within the district. You’ll want to get a cushion just in case a few are invalid. For my seat, I was required to get 40, so I turned in close to 60 to be safe.

With only a few days until the deadline, signatures may be a tough task. You can also file by paying the $100 filing fee in lieu of signatures. Each candidate also needs to fill out an Affidavit of Identity. It only takes a few minutes and can be picked up at the clerk’s office.

Let’s do a quick recap. Follow the checklist below to ensure no seats are vacant at the deadline next Tuesday.

  • If you’re not running for re-election, tell you superintendent and board members immediately.

  • If you are running, complete your Affidavit of Identity and turn in your signatures or filing fee to get on the ballot.

  • Contact your county clerk to see if there are any other vacant seats. If so, remind your fellow board members to file (if s/he currently holds the seat) or work to find a new candidate.

We’re so close to the deadline! Thanks for all of your work to help qualified candidates Get On Board. Don’t forget to visit masb.org/GetOnBoard for more information.

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