School Board candidates must file by Dec. 6

Candidates seeking positions on school boards in Cimarron County have an opportunity to declare their intentions beginning at 8 a.m., on Monday Dec. 6; the filing period will end at 5 p.m., on Wednesday, Dec. 8.

The positions will be filled at the annual school election scheduled for Feb. 8, 2005.

If no candidate in any of the four races (Felt, Boise City, Keyes or Plainview), receives more than 50 percent of the total votes in this election then the two candidates with the most votes will meet in a runoff on April 5, 2005.

The positions open this year are: Boise City, office number five; Keyes, office number five; Felt, office number five and Plainview, office number three.

To be eligible as a candidate, an individual must have resided in that district or own property in the independent district and reside in a contiguous district for at least six months preceding the filing period.

To be eligible the candidate, or to be elected, the candidate must either have been awarded a high school diploma or a certificate of high school equivalency.

Any individual who has been convicted of a misdemeanor involving embezzlement or a felony under the laws of the United States, or who has entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to such a misdemeanor, or has been convicted of such a crime in another state shall not be eligible to be a candidate for, or be elected to, any state, county, municipal, judicial or school office or any elective office of any political subdivision of this state for a period of 15 years following completion of his sentence, or during the pendency of an appeal of such a conviction or plea.


A candidate cannot serve if they are employed by the school district or are related within the second degree by affinity or consanguinity to any member of the board or an employee of the district. Relatives within the second degree are: spouse, child, parent, grandchild, grandparent, brother, sister, spouses's child, spouse's grandchild, spouse's brother, sister, grandparent, grandchild's spouse, parent's spouse and child's spouse.

Candidates taking office must agree to complete 12 hours of instruction on education issues, including school finance, Oklahoma Education laws, ethics and duties, within 15 months of being elected.


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