Three pick up packets for Rome Board of Ed

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The race for three available seats on the Board of Education in the May 21 election has three potential candidates so far.

Incumbent members Paul Hagerty, who currently is in his sixth term on the board, and Lawrence Posselt, who is in his first full term, have picked up nominating petition forms according to the school district office.

In addition, Tanya Davis of 906 Franklyn St. has picked up the forms, the district said.

A district parent who is active in school parent-teacher organizations, in fall 2015 she unsuccessfully sought to be appointed to an interim seat on the board for a partial term after it became available due to a resignation.

Earlier that year she had finished fourth in the May election for three available seats at that time, receiving 95 votes as a write-in candidate.

To become a formal candidate in this year’s election, completed petitions to run for the board must be filed by May 1 at 5 p.m. at the school district business office, 409 Bell Road. There are no formal candidates yet.

Requirements for becoming a candidate include filing petitions signed by at least 100 eligible voters who live in the district.

A candidate must be a U.S. citizen who is at least 18 years old and must be a district resident for at least one year before the election date, according to the district.

The three seats up for election are for new three-year terms that would begin in July this year and expire June 30, 2022.

Besides the seats currently held by Hagerty and Posselt whose present terms are expiring June 30, the third available seat has been vacant since the resignation of Richard Hitchings which was effective last Oct. 1.

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