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Three CVUSD members said they are running for reelection

Chino Valley School Board President Peter Atonna dedicates the district’s new bus barn, joined by Governing Board members (from left) Cyndi Thomas, Sherry Brown, Penny Hubble and Daniel Chacon. Atonna, Brown and Chacon have said they are running for reelection this year. Those are the only three seats open in 2016. (2015 Review file photo)

Chino Valley School Board President Peter Atonna dedicates the district’s new bus barn, joined by Governing Board members (from left) Cyndi Thomas, Sherry Brown, Penny Hubble and Daniel Chacon. Atonna, Brown and Chacon have said they are running for reelection this year. Those are the only three seats open in 2016. (2015 Review file photo)

Anyone considering running for a school board position may want to start getting serious about it now.

Candidacy for any of the positions in Yavapai County opens Monday, April 4.

The Yavapai County Education Service Agency (YCESA) will be hosting three different evening events soon that will go over the candidacy process in detail, said Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter, who is in charge of the election process.

The first will be at 6 p.m., Monday, April 4 in YCESA's Prescott office, 2970 Centerpointe E Dr.

The second is scheduled for Wednesday, April 6 in Kirkland to serve the southern part of the county.

And the third takes place on Thursday, April 7 in Cottonwood to serve the Verde Valley.

Those who attend one of these sessions will receive an application packet, Carter said. Participants wishing to run will have the opportunity to fill out the packet and turn it in that evening. Those needing more time to make a decision may take the packet home for further review.

Once the packet is turned in, potential candidates will be given petitions so they may go out and begin collecting signatures. Each district requires a different number of signatures based on the number of registered voters in that district.

Those wishing to run for one of the three positions on the ballot in the Chino Valley Unified School District this year, for example, must collect 63 signatures, according to a news release.

All three incumbents up for re-election in CVUSD (Peter Atonna, Sherry Brown and Daniel Chacon) have said they intend on running for another four-year term.

Humboldt Unified School District also has three positions on the ballot. Since it is a much larger district, someone looking to run for one of those positions must collect 149 signatures.

Those up for HUSD board re-election are Gary Hicks, Brian Letendre and Richard Adler.

Hicks said he believes Adler and Letendre are running again - even though he hasn't really discussed it with them yet - but he's not sure about himself.

"At this point, I don't intend to, but I might," Hicks said.

Hicks recalls when he had to collect about 130 signatures to get onto the ballot nearly four years ago.

"It was harder than I thought it was going to be," he said.

Hicks said he collected the bulk of them by setting up a table at Prescott Valley Days that year.

"Other than that, I went door-to-door," he said.

To be eligible for nomination to a school district governing board pursuant to A.R.S. §15-421, a candidate must be a registered voter of the state and have been a resident of the school district for at least one year immediately preceding the day of election, according to a recently released news packet.

No employee of a school district or the spouse of such employee may hold membership on a governing board of a school district of which such employee is employed. In addition, immediate family that has or had the same residence within the previous four years shall not serve simultaneously on a five member governing board.

Carter recommends that anyone who is seriously considering running for a school board position give him a call if they have any questions.

"I will have a conversation with them around the district that they're in and some of the process and procedures that they would have to go through," Carter said.

His office can be reached by calling 928-771-3326.

Although the running process has begun, the candidate filing period doesn't begin until Monday, July 11, and goes through Wednesday, August 10.

Follow Max Efrein on Twitter @mefrein. Reach him at 928-445-3333 ext. 1105, or 928-642-7864.

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