FLINT TWP. — Back in June, seven people applied for vacant seat on the Carman-Ainsworth school board but none of the unchosen candidates followed through to file for office by the July 26 deadline for the November 8 general election.
After appointing Gary Cousins to the vacant seat in June, Board President Patrice Hatcher said the board had a tough time choosing from “seven great candidates.’”
Other applicants were Faye Armstrong, Robbin Auston, Andre Edwards, Jennifer Malone, Stephanie Hackney and William Newsome, according to board records.
Another seat will open up when Ann Saunders steps down at the end of the year.
The board recently discussed how to fill the vacancy. The board will have four seats up for election on the November ballot. Three are three sixyear terms and one two-year term. Two board incumbents, Hatcher and Lonney Jarnigin are running for re-election to fill two six-year terms. Cousins, who was just appointed, is required to run to retain his seat. He is seeking a two-year term. The open seat also is a six-year term, Jarnigin was a successful write-in candidate in the 2014 election. October 28 is the deadline for interested write-in candidates to file intent forms for the November 8 election. Hatcher said the candidates who interviewed for the open seat in June indicated they would file for office in the November election. None did. “I am not sure what happened in the meantime but I was wondering if it might be in our best interest to reach out to the community members and encourage them to run as write-ins,’’ Hatcher said. Board member James Johnson said he had been in touch with Robbin Auston, who indicated she was still interested. He said he would touch base with her again. Hatcher encouraged him to do so and also said to tell Auston to let them now if she wanted to talk to any board member about what it is like to serve on the board. Board vice president Joy Crane said she would get in touch with William Newsome to find out he still had interest. Hatcher then said she would reach out to all previous applicants because it would be OK to have more than one person run as a write-in. Gloria Nealy, who has election worker experience, said to tell all interested write-in candidates to tell supporters to spell their name correctly or else the ballot will be rejected. Voters should also be made aware that October 11 is the last day to register to vote in the November general election.