All six of the county’s school districts have at least one seat up for election this fall.
“In the Mound Bayou School District, we have two subdistricts up for election,” said Circuit Clerk Marilyn Kelly. “The candidates who have qualified for subdistrict one are Deborah Robinson, Oliver Robinson, Anita Smith and Mary Graham.”
This was the seat occupied by Amos Pates, who retired from the school board earlier this year.
“In subdistrict four (of Mound Bayou), incumbent Glen Scotts has qualified,” said Kelly.
The Cleveland School District has one seat up for election.
“In subdistrict five, Lenden Sanders and (incumbent) George L. Evans Jr. have qualified,” said Kelly.
West Bolivar School District has only one seat up for election as well.
“There is only one candidate,” Kelly said. “Incumbent Frank Brown of subdistrict three.”
Two candidates in Shaw are vying for a seat on the school board.
“For Shaw subdistrict three, Roy McGee and Evelyn Henry have qualified,” said Kelly.
Both McGee and Henry are new faces to the Shaw School Board.
In the Benoit School District, one seat is available.
“In Benoit subdistrict two, Imogene Jordan Smith has qualified,” Kelly said.
In the North Bolivar School District, only one candidate has submitted his name for election.
“We do have one pending candidate,” said Kelly. “We have not completed the qualification process yet.
“Incumbent Willian Prince with the North Bolivar School District subdistrict 3 is in the process of qualifying,” she continued.
The county circuit clerk’s office handles only one part of candidacy qualifications.
“We do the first part of qualifications,” said Kelly. “If they qualify with us it means they’ve passed the petition qualification process.
“The second part of the process is with the election commissioners,” she explained. “Usually they don’t do much more unless there’s a problem with some of the qualifications.”
In order to qualify, each candidate must be a resident of the school district and subdistrict’s seat they are running for.
They also had to submit a statement and a certified petition of signatures. Those signatures had to be verified for qualification.
The names above are of those who had qualified by Friday afternoon.