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Six Macomb School Board Seats Come Up for Election in November

Chippewa Valley, L'Anse Creuse and New Haven school districts have board seats up for election on Nov. 6. Prospective candidates have until Aug. 14 to file with the county clerk.

With , the customary May school board elections have moved to November, giving prospective candidates until Aug. 14 to file their nominating petitions. 

This November, Macomb Township voters will be asked to elect six individuals to three area school boards.

In Chippewa Valley Schools, it’s ’s seat that is up for election. Kinsey, who was , was scheduled to serve until June 30, 2013, when he would have then been required to run in the general election to retain that seat until its term ended in 2015.

However, , school board elections must coincide with general November elections of even-numbered years.

As a result, Kinsey’s seat now carries a partial term ending Dec. 31, 2016, rather than the originally scheduled 2015 end date.

The seats of Tracy Bonkowski and Gina Walker are up for election in New Haven Community Schools as well, while in L’Anse Creuse Public Schools, it’s the seats of Chuck Eslinger, Dave Fowler and Linda McLatcher, the latter of which is a partial term ending Dec. 31, 2014.

Current school board members and challengers from the community have until 4 p.m. Aug. 14 to file for one of these seats in the Nov. 6 general election.

Candidates must be U.S. citizens and qualified, registered voters of the school district for which they are looking to serve.

Prospective candidates for the Chippewa Valley, L’Anse Creuse and New Haven seats must file with the Macomb County Clerk’s office, presenting an affidavit of identity, receipt of filing and nominating petition or filing fee at the time of application.

Candidates have the choice of filing either a nominating petition, with a required number of signatures, or a $100 nonrefundable filing fee.

In New Haven, the minimum number of signatures is six and the maximum 20. As Chippewa Valley and L’Anse Creuse are significantly larger districts, the required number increases in kind, to a minimum of 40 and maximum of 100.

For more information on filing for the Nov. 6 school board election, visit the "Election" page on the Macomb County Clerk's website.

Jenny Whalen May 20, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Financially, it makes more sense to not have separate elections (May and November) but one argument has been that those who really care about the schools turn out for the May election and November is a much larger number of voters who may or may not have any insight to the schools. So ... your thoughts?

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