Petition filed for school board special election

By Xiomara Levsen, The JOURNAL


A petition for a special election for a school board seat left open after Washington School Board member Catherine Glinsmann resigned last month was turned in to the school board office Monday.

?We will have to submit it to the auditor?s office,? Washington superintendent Jeff Dicks said. ?They needed 250 signatures to call for the election, and I think there?s 300.?

Despite having the petition for the special election, superintendent Jeff Dicks said they don?t know who is interested in running for the school board seat.

?Before we submit that, we?d like to know how many candidates there are,? Dicks said. ?If there?s only one person interested, we can appoint that.?

At the school board meeting in December, the board agreed to have a meeting Feb. 7 to appoint someone to the school board. Dicks said he spoke to two people and was interested in having the board interview them when the petition was turned in.

?It was interesting how this transpired,? Dicks added.

Washington County auditor Dan Widmer said the special election would be held March 20.

?They have two weeks to file if they want to be a candidate,? Widmer said.

The candidates must live in District No. 2 and have 50 signatures on their paperwork from anyone living in the district, he added.

If no one files papers for candidacy, then the election would be held without any names on the ballot and a write-in candidate would win the election, Widmer added.