Election set for September 20

Friday, June 24, 2011 ~ Updated 1:38 PM

BERRYVILLE -- County election officials are preparing for upcoming school elections that are scheduled for Sept. 20. That is when voters will choose new school board members in all three districts.

Potential candidates are currently circulating petitions to garner the required signatures to place their names on the ballot.

In Green Forest, where board members serve five-year terms, the sole seat to be decided is currently held by Michael Grigg representing Zone 5. Hopefuls must capture signatures of 20 registered voters from Zone 5 to qualify for a spot on the ballot.

In Berryville, where board members also serve five-year terms, the only seats up for grabs are "at-large" positions currently held by Jack Edens and Joe Ward.

Potential candidates for those seats must gather 20 signatures -- from any registered voter within the Berryville School District because the seats are "at-large."

All Eureka Springs school board members are "at-large" representatives serving three-year terms. Hopefuls seeking seats there must gather 20 signatures on their petitions -- but again, they can solicit those signatures district-wide.

Eureka seats to be decided in September include Position 1, currently held by Deborah Smith, Position 2, held by Rusty Windle, and Position 7, held by Kristie Drebenstedt.

The filing period for school board seats begins July 15 and concludes at noon on July 22.

Election officials have also scheduled a public hearing to take comments regarding a proposed justice of the peace redistricting plan to comply with new census figures.

That hearing is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, July 7, at the county courthouse in Berryville. The proposed plan is available for inspection beforehand at the county clerk's office during regular business hours.

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