Incumbents mum on intentions so far
By Brandi Makuski
The upcoming election for Stevens Point School Board has drawn little attention, with only two candidates running for four seats- and so far, no word from incumbents.
Four school board seats are up for reelection in April. Those seats are currently held by members Jeff Ebel, Angel Faxon, Lisa Totten and Kim Shirek.
Karlyn Krautkramer, administrative assistant in the district’s business office, said incumbents not running for reelection have until 5 PM on Monday, Dec. 28 to file paperwork declaring non-candidacy. So far, she said none have done so.
“No one has declared they are not running,” Krautkramer said. “No incumbents have contacted me one way or the other.”
“That’s kind of like a courtesy; it alerts people that [they] are not running and that the seat will be open,” Krautkramer added. She also said if even one candidate does not file non-candidacy paperwork by Monday’s deadline, and then does not file candidacy papers by the Jan. 5 deadline, next week’s deadline will be extended by 72 hours for non-incumbent candidates.
Filing paperwork to run for school board is simple, she said, and requires two forms which can be obtained in the district’s business services office, located inside Bliss Educational Services Center at 1900 Polk St., on the district’s website or at the Government Accountability Board website. No signature petition is required for candidates wishing to run.
So far only two new faces have announced a run for school board. Dan Kontos, chief deputy for the Portage Co. Sheriff’s Office, and Amy Dailey, former school board secretary, announced their campaigns in early December.
Krautkramer’s office will be closed Thursday and Friday for the New Year and reopens Monday, Jan. 4.