School board hopefuls have until 5 p.m. Wednesday to file declarations of candidacy to appear on the Feb. 12 annual school elections ballot for races throughout the state.
In the Oklahoma City metro area, many incumbents already have filed their intent to seek re-election, but a number of offices are still without a candidate and even fewer incumbents have challengers yet.
Oklahoma City School Board member Lyn Watson said Tuesday she is not going to file for re-election in Office 1, and as of 5 p.m. no other candidates had filed for the office.
“I had talked to many people about running and for many people it's a time issue and a commitment, and I understand that,” Watson said.
“I'm not going to file, but we've got to get somebody good in the office.”
Watson said she hopes qualified candidates will step up.
If nobody files then the school board will appoint someone.
Other area districts
Two seats are vacant on the Putnam City School Board, and board member Greg Juedeman is seeking re-election, while no one had filed for the Office 3 seat by 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Three candidates are vying for a seat on the Deer Creek School Board, while no one has challenged current Edmond School Board President Jamie Underwood.
Candidates must file their intent to run at the county election board office by 5 p.m. Wednesday to appear on the February ballot. The declaration must be notarized.
Requirements for school board members include living within the district they serve, living in the district for at least six months and being a registered voter within the district for six months.
Additionally, board members are required to have a high school diploma or the equivalent certificate.
Board members also cannot be currently employed by the school district governed by the board, or related to any of the other board members or any employee of the school district.