Incumbent Mahon qualifies in county school board race

Wayne Mahon submitted his qualifying papers this past week to seek re-election as the Fifth County School District member on the board of trustees.

Circuit Clerk Phyllis Stanford said the paperwork was in order with the required number of verified signatures and she expected certification by the election commission Monday to be only a formality.

The county school board seat is the only strictly Union County election that will be on the Nov. 4 general ballot. All county school board members are elected but serve staggered terms. In contract, all city school board members are appointed by aldermen except for one member from the so-called “added territory,” which is in the municipal school district but well outside city limits. That member is elected from voters in the added territory.

Qualifying to run for the school board seat ends at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5. Stanford said that, so far, no one else has picked up qualifying paperwork or expressed interest in running to her office.

Also on the Nov. 5 general election ballot will be candidates for the U. S. Senate, House of Representatives and circuit and chancery court judges.

Candidates for the school board must be resident and qualified elector in the school district for which he or she is running, have at least a high school education and, upon election, complete initial training and continuing education throughout the term of office. Also, a trustee’s spouse cannot be employed with the school district and he or she cannot do business with the district.

Anyone who wants to run for the trustee’s position need to submit a statement of intent and petition signed by not less than 50 qualified electors in that school district. A county school trustee receives no state benefit or salary but the law does provide for a per diem expense payment for up to 36 meetings a year.

Only those residing in a county school district are allowed to vote on that district’s trustee; other residents in the county cannot. Because of population changes about two dozen years ago, the county school district boundaries were redrawn and are not the same as county supervisors’ district lines (although they are mostly similar).

Other county school trustees include Terry Cook, First District; Mickey Basil, Second District; Mike Browning, Third District; and Daphnia McMillen, Fourth District.