Every school district in Ravalli County is holding elections on May 7.
Most will focus on electing trustees. Stevensville is asking voters to pass two bonds.
Ravalli County Election Administrator Regina Plettenberg said her office will be mailing a school ballot to every voter in Ravalli County on April 18.
“It is a huge election. We’ll be sending out just shy of 30,000 ballots,” Plettenberg said. “This is kind of a landmark. This will be our first full county mail election. We’ve come close, I think last time we mailed out 17,000 ballots but this is definitely the biggest.”
Every trustee is opposed except for one seat in the Florence School District and at the Stevensville School District where trustees were selected by acclamation. Stevensville voters will decide on an elementary school bond and a high school bond.
The school election ballots will be mailed to voters on April 18 but should be postmarked for return by May 2.
“I would recommend the Thursday before,” Plettenberg said. “After that day voters would want to deliver them.”
Completed ballots can be delivered to the Ravalli County Elections Department, 215 4th St., Suite C, in Hamilton, or drop boxes will be in place on Election Day only in Florence at the administration building and at Stevensville Elementary School.
Corvallis School District has four trustee candidates for two three-year terms. Trustee candidates are Tonia Bloom (incumbent), Jennifer Channer (incumbent), Lindsay Buhler and Patrick Daly.
Darby School district has four trustee candidates for two three-year terms currently held by Barbara Burnham and Kate Duggan. Trustee candidates are Rosemary Griffin, Matthew Locati, Gina MacIlwraith and Eric Winthers.
Florence-Carlton School District has two trustee positions open for three-year terms. Candidates are Kimberly R. Cellan Bauer, Robert Cook and Matt Reeves running for positions currently held by Mel Finlay and Leslie Zahn. The school board also has an unexpired term trustee position that has Melvin (Mel) Finlay running unopposed for a one-year term.
Hamilton School District has two trustee positions open for three-year terms. These positions are currently held by Demaris Moore and Mark Yoakam. Candidates are Heidi Apedaile, Curtis L. Brickley Jr., James Ellis, Seth GaleWyrick and Rebekah Stamp.
Stevensville School District is not holding trustee elections but is running two bonds. Residents will vote on the Elementary School Bond for $6,369,000, the High School Bond for $14,169,000.
Lone Rock voters will vote on the Stevensville High School Bond and for three Lone Rock Park District trustees from candidates Elizabeth Balland, Trish Foster, Travis Hardy, William Gary Leese, Margaret Nelson and Colleen Schmiedeke who are running for four-year terms.
Lone Rock Park district candidates are Elizabeth Balland, Trish Foster, Travis Hardy, William Gary Leese, Margaret Nelson and Colleen Schmiedeke running for four-year terms.
Victor School District has two trustee positions open for three-year terms. Trustee candidates are Tommy Dobberstein, Ron Marshall, Roy D. Perry (incumbent), Paul Rosen (incumbent), Jack R. Varner and Ron Wirth.
Contact each school about candidate forums. See sample ballots online at ravalli.us/580/School-Elections.
The Ravalli Republic will publish trustee biographies and answers to questionnaires online at ravallirepublic.com beginning April 17 starting next week.