Resignations complicate York City School Board election

Want to be on the York City School Board?

The board is taking resumes from those interested in filling two current vacancies on the board. The seats opened after James Morgan and Aaron Willford resigned. Deadline is May 31. Those appointed will serve through Dec. 31.

That’s the easy part. Here’s where it gets complicated.

Four-year seats: There are four four-year seats up for election in November. Only three people – Willford, Margie Orr and Jose Santiago – filed paperwork to run in the Democratic primary.

So all of them, including Willford, won. (Willford actually got the most votes out of the three.)

If Willford doesn’t want the seat, he’ll have to resign his win. Then the Democratic party would be able to nominate someone in his place, according to Nikki Suchanic, county elections director.

That leaves another four-year seat without a Republican or Democratic nominee. There were some write-in votes in the primary, though. A school board write-in needs 100 votes in the primary to get on the November ballot. Those haven’t been calculated yet.

Interested in that four-year seat? You could run as a write-in candidate in the fall, or collect enough signatures to appear on the November ballot as an unaffiliated or nonmajor party candidate.

Two-year seats: As of primary time, there was also one two-year seat available. Incumbent Diane Brown ran unopposed for that.

But Morgan’s resignation creates another two-year term that will be added to the November ballot. Suchanic said both parties will have a chance to nominate someone to be on the ballot for that seat.

In sum, there will be six seats up for election in November. This is how the ballot is shaping up:

On the ballot for a 4-year seat:

  • Margie Orr as Democrat
  • Jose Santiago as Democrat
  • Aaron Willford as Democrat; or, if he resigns the primary win, someone to be nominated by Democratic party

On the ballot for a 2-year seat:

  • Diane Brown as Democrat
  • Someone to be nominated by both parties

So that leaves one 4-year seat potentially up for grabs, unless someone gathered 100 write-ins in the primary or someone files paperwork to run as an unaffiliated or nonmajor party candidate.

Of course, there could be competition for any of those seats if multiple people file to run as unaffiliated or nonmajor party candidates.

About Angie Mason

I'm the education reporter at the York Daily Record. Follow me on Twitter: @angiemason1
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