Election 2010: No incumbents possible in Tahoe Truckee school district race
July 14, 2010
TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; As candidate filing for the November elections gets under way, it remains to be seen whether or not there will be any incumbents for perhaps the most controversial of this year’s local races.
Last week, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District Area 4 Trustee Lisa Mohun announced her impending resignation, leaving Area 5 Trustee Bev Ducey as the only possible incumbent for the board’s three open positions.
Patricia Gibbons-Johnson and#8212; who holds the Area 1 trustee position and#8212; has said she will not run. Gibbons-Johnson took over the seat earlier this year after former trustee Bill Kraus resigned because of a move to Washington.
Both Superintendent Steve Jennings and Kristy Olk, the board’s president and Area 3 representative, said they’re unsure if Ducey will run for re-election.
and#8220;It’s anybody’s guess right now,and#8221; Olk said.
Ducey did not return e-mails or phone calls for this story. Earlier this year, she said she wasn’t sure if she’d seek to retain her seat.
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and#8220;I do not know what Bev Ducey will decide as far as running for re-election in November, but she is one of the most dedicated and knowledgeable members of the school board,and#8221; Mohun said in an interview this week.
While Ducey’s decision is uncertain, board members and Jennings are urging residents to run for the seats for the sake of students and to create a quality candidate pool.
and#8220;Obviously, we want to have the strongest slate of candidates possible so that the voters will have the best choice,and#8221; Jennings said. and#8220;It’s certainly an important job, and educating our future generation is probably one of the most important things we can do.and#8221;
Jennings said while the number of candidate openings and lack of incumbents is notable, he believes there will still be a sufficient amount of candidates running.
and#8220;and#8230; My expectation is that we’ll have people running,and#8221; he said.
According to state election laws, should there be no incumbents filed by Aug. 6, the deadline will extend one week to allow ample time for more candidates to apply.
Should Ducey choose not to re-run, it would mean Olk would be the lone trustee remaining from last year’s resident-led recall that attempted to oust Kraus, Ducey and Olk and#8212; the trio that voted in favor of the lakeside school reconfiguration. The move turned Tahoe Lake Elementary into a K-3 English-only school and Kings Beach Elementary into a K-3 two-way Spanish immersion-only program, with North Tahoe Middle School compensating as a 4-8 school site. The terms of Olk and Kirsten Livak expire in 2012.