Erik Nelson and Chas Bales are seeking election to the Valier School Board. Both Nelson and Bales filed for the three-year positions currently held by Tim Hartwell and Robert Widhalm, reported District Clerk Mary Lundy last week.

Erika Nefzger and Cole Peebles filed for the two-year term on the school board. Nefzger was appointed by the board in December to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Kurt Christiaens. He resigned after moving out of the district.  

With two years  of Christiaens’ term still left, the seat is up for election this year. Nefzger and Peebles both filed to finish out Christiaens’ term.

Candidates have until Thursday, March 25 to file for the three open seats on the board. The school election is set for Tuesday, May 4.

 If Nelson and Bales are the only two residents to file for the three-year terms, they will be elected by acclamation and no election for those seats will be needed.

There will be an election for the two-year term position, confirmed Lundy. As for the need for the voted mill levies, Lundy said the board will determine at next month’s meeting if there is a need to ask voters for additional funding for the 2021-22 school year.

All candidates seeking election to the school board must meet the following qualifications:

•18 years of age or older

•Citizen of the United States and a registered voter.

•Resident of Montana, Pondera and live within the boundaries of school district for at least 30 days

To file for election to the school board, candidates must pick up a nomination petition from Valier Schools District Clerk Mary Lundy. 

Candidates no longer need to have the petition signed by five voters who reside within the school district boundaries.

For more information on the school election, contact Lundy at 279-3208.

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