If you’ve ever wanted to have a say in how East Lansing schools are run, now may be your chance.
There are three positions up for election this fall on the East Lansing Board of Education. The deadline to file nominating petitions is 4 p.m. Tuesday July 26.
To run, a candidate must be a registered voter living within the boundaries of East Lansing schools. The candidate may obtain a petition from the offices of the Board of Education, located in the lower level of the East Lansing High School, or at the City Clerk of East Lansing, 410 Abbot Road. Candidates must collect the signatures of at least 40 registered voters in the school district, with a maximum number of signatures of 100, or pay a $100 non-refundable fee in lieu of a petition.
The petition is then filed with the City Clerk. You will also need an “Affidavit of Identity”, according to a release sent out by Board Secretary Hillary Henderson. Candidates must also meet the disclosure requirements of Michigan’s Campaign Finance Act.
The election for EL School Board will be held Nov. 8, 2016.
Up for re-election are Trustees Kath Edsall, Hillary Henderson and Erin Graham. Graham, a history professor at Michigan State University, is the most recent member of the board, having been appointed nearly a year ago to complete the term of Trustee Nathaniel Lake Jr. who resigned his seat.
This article was originally published on June 1, 2016.