It’s March and before you know it, it’ll be time to nominate residents to the local town councils and school board. With deadlines fast approaching, here’s a rundown of who has filed, who isn’t running again, and when is the last day to file your candidacy.
Smyrna Board of Education
After three terms on the Smyrna School Board Jeff Clark has decided to not run for a fourth term. Clark currently sits as president of the board.
“I’ve served on the board for three terms. I enjoyed it. It’s a great school district but after three terms, I think it’s time a fresh set of eyes comes in and helps the board,” Clark said.
Smyrna School District Superintendent Debbie Wicks will be sad to see Clark go; he’s been on the board for 15 of the 20 years she’s been the superintendent.
“We’ve been very fortunate. He’s seen the district through many referendum’s, construction projects and doubling of the student enrollment. He’s been a big part of it,” Wicks said. “To have a board work and think of the interest of the students, that’s the best thing for all of us to always put the students first.”
The deadline to file for the open school board seat is Friday, March 7 at 4:30 p.m. with the Department of Elections.
As of Monday afternoon, one person has filed for the at-large seat on the Smyrna School Board – Smyrna resident Jody Wilson.
“I’ve lived here all my life and have dedicated my life to volunteering for children and the district in multiple capacities through sports and other volunteering events. At this point, I decided I wanted to give back to the school district as well,” Wilson said. “I think it’s important for school board members to be out and about in the community and I’m one of those guys that’s always out at all the various events helping out, talking to people and I think that’s a large part of being a school board member listening to everyone’s opinions, talking to people about what’s coming up, what’s next, and what they like and don’t like. That’s what helps make the community and school district so strong.”
Smyrna Town Council
The Smyrna Town Council has two seats open on council – District 2 and At-Large. Both seats are three-year terms for April 2014 to April 2017. Currently those seats are filled by At-Large Councilwoman Andrea Rodriguez and District 2 Councilman Jeff Flairty.
While no one has filed as of last week, Rodriguez has said she’ll run again. Councilwoman Rodriguez is in the midst of serving a one-year term. Her at-large seat was previously filled by Mayor Joanne Masten and was left vacant when Masten won the mayoral election last spring.
The filing deadline is Monday, March 17 at Smyrna Town Hall at 4:30 p.m. Residents must file the candidacy form, which can be done at town hall or printed off of the town website.
The election is Tuesday, April 29.
Clayton Town Council
It’s not quite time for residents in Clayton to file for the Town Council election.
Two seats are available in this year’s Tuesday, April 29 election; each seat is a two-year term.
Filing for these seats begins on Thursday, March 20 and continues through Tuesday, April 8 at 4 p.m.
The candidacy form can be picked up at the town office, or printed from the town website.