KUSD board 'races' settled

No election necessary as number of candidates matches number of openings

KINGMAN - Voters within the boundaries of the Kingman Unified School District will be able to focus all their attention on the $80 million bond issue in the November General Election.

The three seats on the KUSD Governing Board that become open Jan. 1 apparently will be filled without an election.

Charles Lucero, Craig Schritter, Bill Goodale and Margaret McBee completed paperwork in June indicating they intended to run for one of the three seats. Lucero is the lone incumbent up for re-election among the group.

Each candidate had to gather 296 signatures on petitions and submit them to the office of Mike File, Mohave County superintendent of schools, by Wednesday afternoon in order to have their names placed on the ballot. That figure represents 2 percent of the number of registered voters who cast ballots in the last general election.

On Thursday, File said he had gotten petitions containing 383 signatures for Goodale, 309 for Lucero and 302 for McBee. Schritter did not submit petition signatures by the deadline.

"Per ARS 15-302, the election must be cancelled by the Board of Supervisors, who appoint them to seats on the governing board," File said. "I'll ask to have the matter put on the Aug. 21 agenda."

Candidates are seeking non-partisan positions for four years. That means petition signatures do not need to be verified as belonging to registered voters unless someone steps forward to challenge their validity before the September primary, File said.

If no challenge is made, Lucero, Goodale and McBee would be sworn in as board members at the first general meeting after Jan. 1.

File or an official chosen by KUSD administrators can administer the oath to the board members. "I feel this is a positive measure," File said.

"It will be a huge savings to the school district not to have an election. By having firsthand experience myself in collecting petition signatures, I can say it's not an easy task. These three have shown a willingness to serve and have gone through the process."

File said he has not heard from Schritter and does not know why he ended his campaign.

A phone message left at Schritter's home was not returned.

Nine of 13 school districts in the county due to elect board members in November will not have an election, as a minimum number of candidates turned in petitions to fill those vacant seats.

The only districts that will elect board members are the Colorado River Union High School District, Littlefield Unified School District, Topock School District and Mohave Valley Elementary School District, File said.