Pool of School Board Candidates Grows
Two incumbents file for reelection
By Brandi Makuski
The pool of candidates for April’s Stevens Point school board election is quietly growing, with two new faces announcing their bid for one of for four seats, along with two 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.
At press, Faxon and Ebel have filed their reelection papers.
Karlyn Krautkramer, administrative assistant in the district’s business office, said incumbents not running for reelection had to file paperwork declaring non-candidacy by 5 PM on Dec. 28. The other two incumbents, Shirek and Totten, did not do so.
“That’s kind of like a courtesy; it alerts people that [they] are not running and that the seat will be open,” Krautkramer said. She added 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, the 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 reopens for business on Monday, Jan. 4.