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Election 2010: Who will step up to the plate for the Tahoe Truckee school district?

Jason Shueh
Sierra Sun
Courtesy of thinkstock.comThe three incumbents will not return to the school board. And so far, nearly no one has made plans to run for the empty seats.
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TRUCKEE/TAHOE, Calif. and#8212; After weighing her options, Bev Ducey has decided to not run again for school board trustee and#8212; meaning the board should undergo quite the makeover come November.

Ducey made the announcement at Wednesday night’s Tahoe Truckee Unified School District Board of Trustees meeting. She said she spent a long time and a lot of soul searching making her decision and weighing the personal toll it’s taken on her family.

After thinking a great deal on the issue, she said she doesn’t intend to run; however, she said she will still be actively involved in the district’s programs, especially with the renewal campaign of Measure A, a $3.7 million parcel tax which funds many of the district’s schools and programs.

Her decision leaves her Area 5 seat and the two other trustee positions and#8212; Area 1, held by Pat Gibbons-Johnson, and Area 4, held by Lisa Mohun and#8212; open without incumbents, as Mohun is relocating out of her area and Gibbons-Johnson, appointed earlier this year to temporarily fill resigned trustee Bill Kraus’ spot, has said she will not run.

The candidate filing period for California’s Nov. 2 elections closes at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6. If no incumbent files, per state law, the filing period will extend until Wednesday, Aug. 11, to allow ample time for more candidates to apply. A previous Sierra Sun story had incorrectly identified the filing period would extend a full week.

As of Thursday, no one has officially filed for any of the three seat available.

According to the Placer County Elections Department, Tahoe resident Dianna Driller has been issued candidate filing paperwork for Trustee Bev Ducey’s Area 5 seat; however, she still has not filed for the position.

At the Wednesday board meeting, trustee Lisa Mohun said she has talked with Driller, and Driller said she is still undecided whether or not she intends to file for the position.

Should Driller decide not to run, and no one file for any of the seats by the extended deadline, Superintendent Steve Jennings said this would mean all three trustees would have to be appointed by the school board.

Jennings said he expects to hear back soon from the district’s legal counsel on how and when that would happen.