School board elections set, two districts with contested races

The school board elections are set around the county, and two school districts will have contested races.

The deadline for school board candidates to file in the five Madison County school districts was March 24. Write-in candidates can file until April 7.

If school districts don’t have contested school board races they can cancel their trustee election, which is set for May 3.

The only two districts with contested races are Harrison and Ennis.

In Harrison, Ann Hokanson and Robert Rogers are vying for the spot being vacated by Linda Dyk, who is not seeking re-election.

In Ennis, Lisa Frye is challenging incumbent school board member Brett Owens.

In Twin Bridges, incumbents Dave Ashcraft, Joan Phillips and Lori Harshbarger have all filed for re-election and are unchallenged.

In Alder, Linda Dixon and Kaycee Gilman, both incumbents, are running unopposed.

The situation is slightly different in Sheridan, where two seats are up for re-election. No one filed to run against incumbent Lisa Morgan and no one filed to fill the seat being vacated by Jim Kaatz.

If no one comes forward as a write-in candidate, the school board will have to try and recruit someone to fill the vacant seat, said Sheridan superintendent Kim Harding.

School districts around the county are continuing to work on their budgets and many are planning to run levies to ask citizens to help make up the expected shortfall in funding anticipated from the legislature.

To make the ballot for the May 3 election, trustees must have their levies finalized by April 8. If they miss that deadline, Montana law allows for school districts to run a special election for school levies at a later date.

Editor’s note: Look in the next two issues of The Madisonian for articles on the school trustee races in Harrison and Ennis.

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