By Lynn Cordes, LPS communications coordinator
LAWTON, Okla._The Lawton Board of Education has set dates for its annual school election.
The election will fill the Area 1 seat for a five-year term. Donna Ronio is completing her second term in that seat, which represents the Freedom and Pat Henry elementary service areas, along with a portion of Pioneer Park Elementary and all of the Medicine Park area.
Any qualified individual interested in running for the seat may file at the Comanche County Election Board office between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Dec. 7-9. The election will be held Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. If no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote in that election, a runoff between the top two candidates will take place on April 5, 2016.
In order be eligible to serve on the Lawton Board of Education, the candidate must have lived in the district for at least six months preceding the first day of the filing period and be registered as a voter at an address within the geographical boundaries of the district for six months prior to the first day of the filing period.
A candidate must have a high school diploma, or at least a certificate of high school equivalency.
A person convicted of a misdemeanor involving embezzlement or a federal or state felony, or who has entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to such crimes, is ineligible as a candidate for a period of 15 years following completion of sentence or during an appeal of such conviction.
Anyone currently employed by the Lawton Public Schools, or who is related within the second degree to another board member or school employee is ineligible to run. "Second degree," as defined, includes a candidate's spouse, child, parent, grandchild, grandparent, brother, sister, spouse's child, spouse's grandchild, spouse's brother, spouse's sister, spouse's grandparent, grandchild's spouse, parent's spouse, and child's spouse.
Candidates must affirm that upon being elected as members of the Lawton Board of Education, they will complete at least 12 hours of instruction on education issues – including school finance, Oklahoma education laws, ethics, duties and responsibilities of board members – within 15 months of election.