SC school board seat up for special February election
Sioux City will hold a special election on Feb. 5 to fill a seat on its board.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
You may have thought that once we got past November 6th, talk of elections would be over for a while. But that's not the case.
The Sioux City Community School District will be a part of a special election, next month, to fill a seat on its board.
In September 2011, voters elected four new members, but in December, one member, Nancy Mounts, resigned for health reasons.
Partially because of the $20,000 price tag of a second election, the board appointed the John Meyers to complete Mounts' term.
Meyers had finished fifth in the September election, and just missed getting a seat on the board. He's served for 13 months now, but will have to run again to keep his seat.
Legally, Sioux City public schools superintendent Dr. Paul Gausman says the board doesn't have to hold an election, but the county auditor and county attorney have strongly recommended they do so, because of a quirk in the law.
"That requires us to put that board seat on the ballot because another political ballot, in this case, Western Iowa Tech, is asking a question anyway," said Gausman.
Gausman says, at this time, he doesn't expect there to be competition for the open seat, but that could change.
Candidates have until Jan. 11, to sign petitions and get their names onto the ballot. Meyers' seat will be up for election again in seven months.