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Candidate filing opens Monday

LAWTON, Okla._If you’re looking to get involved in community leadership, you may soon have an opportunity.

School board elections for several area school districts in Comanche County, as well as the election for Ward 7 City Council, won’t be held until February 9, 2016, but registration to run for those positions begins Monday.

To run for the positions, you must be a legal resident who has lived in the area for at least six months and also be a registered voter. All school board positions are off-limits to anyone working for the school district or has relatives working for the school district or is a current school board member to the second degree. "Second degree" relationship covers 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.

Election Board secretary Amy Sims says it's important to have as many candidates as possible run for the positions, and that every registered voter gets out to vote in the election.

"I would encourage people to register to vote, first off, and then vote in every election that you're eligible for. That's your right, that's what we fight for is to be able to vote," Sims said.

Individuals who want to run for either position need to go to the election office in room 206 at the Comanche County Courthouse between Monday, December 7, and Wednesday, December 9, to fill out the proper paperwork. You can also download the forms here.

School board openings

Bishop Public Schools
Office #1; 3-year term

Cache Public Schools
Office #1; 5-year term

Flower Mound Public School
Office #1; 3-year term

Indiahoma Public Schools
Office #1; 5-year term

Chattanooga Public Schools
Office #1; 5-year term

Elgin Public Schools
Office #1; 5-year term

Fletcher Public Schools
Office #1; 5-year term

Geronimo Public Schools
Office #1; 5-year term

Lawton Public Schools
Office #1; 5-year term

Sterling Public Schools
Office #1; 5-year term

Caddo Kiowa Tech Center #2
Office #1 Zone 3, 5-year term

Great Plains Tech Center #9
Office #2 Zone 2; 5-year term

Red River Tech Center #19; 5-year term
Office #1; 5-year term

Nearby school board elections
Contact your county election board office to apply.

Boone-Apache
Office #1, 5-year term

Carnegie
Office #1; 5-year term

Cement
Office #1; 5-year term

Cyril
Office #1; 5-year term

Empire
Office #1; 5-year term

Mt. View Gotebo
Office #1; 5-year term

Snyder
Office #1; 4-year term

Snyder
Office #6; 4-year term

Walters
Office #1; 5-year term

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