Friday, March 24, 2006

Incumbent school board trustees seek re-election

Express Staff Writer

All the incumbents on the Blaine County School District board of trustees plan to seek another term in the May 16 trustee election.

"Being in the position for six months, I am confident I can work with the board to contribute and to work with the board to maintain our high standards," Mari Beth Matthews said. Matthews represents Zone 3, which generally encompasses the northern side of Hailey and a portion of Blaine County.

Although all three incumbents have announced their intentions to run again, as of Thursday, no candidates had officially filed for re-election.

Matthews announced Wednesday, March 22, that she will seek a one-year term of office.

Earlier this week, Alex Sundali and Kim Nilsen, the chair and vice chair of the board of trustees, respectively, announced that they both plan to run again.

The seats held by Nilsen, the district in southern Hailey, and Sundali, the northern half of Blaine County, carry three-year terms of office.

Matthews was appointed in September 2005 to fill the unexpired term of office left on the board by the resignation of Kathy Pruett. Matthews holds a bachelor's degree in communications and advertising from the University of Idaho. She has been involved with the school district as a substitute teacher and member of parents' organizations.

At the state level, Matthews' main concern is the state property tax issue and school funding. Within the district, Matthews views growth and new schools as important issues.

Anyone wishing to run has until 5 p.m. April 14 to file a declaration of candidacy with the district. Five supporters from the candidate's area must sign the declaration.

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