D.171 faces school board candidate shortage

2013-02-07T22:15:00Z 2013-02-07T23:07:06Z D.171 faces school board candidate shortageJoan Carreon Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
February 07, 2013 10:15 pm  • 

LANSING | Because the Sunnybrook Elementary District 171 School Board does not have enough candidates vying for election on April 9, applications are being accepted from residents interested in filling two impending vacancies.

Only two of four board incumbents whose terms are expiring have filed for a return to office in the consolidated election, leaving open the seats of board members Dirk Faber and Kenneth Lynch.

Board President David Lopez and board Secretary Solomon Davis have filed their nominating papers for two of the available four, four-year board terms. Neither Faber nor Lynch is seeking re-election.

Residents had until Thursday to declare their intent to run as write-in candidates, said Interim Superintendent Barbara West, citing the election law pertaining to consolidated elections. She said the district does not expect there will be any write-in candidates.

Faber, the board’s longest-serving member, said he will miss his involvement with the board and that it is difficult for him to step away. He has been on the board since 1989.

“After 24 years, I think it’s just time,” he said. “I’ve got family now. Life has changed. Priorities have shifted.”

Lynch, a board member since 2001, could not be reached for comment Thursday.

Those interested in serving on the board are asked to submit an application by 3 p.m. March 11. Applications are available at the district office, 19266 Burnham Ave., Lansing.

Applicants must be, as of the date of the appointments, 18 years old, a registered voter, and a legal resident of District 171 for at least one year. They cannot be a township or regional school trustee, or a child sex offender.

The board will review the applications and may call applicants for an interview at the March 18 meeting, West said. The plan is to appoint the new members at the April 15 board meeting when elected members also will begin their new terms. The appointees are to serve until April 2015 and can run for election at that time.

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