An incumbent member of the Oktibbeha County School District Board of Trustees has qualified to seek a new term, and thus far, he is the only one to do so.
Curtis Snell, who holds the District 2 seat on the County School Board, qualified last week to run for re-election.
Snell is the only candidate in the race thus far.
This year, voters in the OCSD will cast ballots for the District 2 and At-Large seats on the district’s Board of Trustees. Qualifying for those non-partisan races began Aug. 5 and ends Sept. 3 — one week from this Friday.
Other prospective candidates have picked up the forms to submit the necessary qualifying petitions in both races, though none have been submitted and verified, Circuit Clerk’s Office staff members say.
In order to qualify, a county school board candidate must live within the county school district and within the district for the seat for which he or she is running and be a registered voter from the district he or she seeks to represent.
Candidates must never have been convicted of a crime punishable by serving prison time or have been pardoned for such a crime.
To be placed on the ballot, candidates must sign a statement of intent and submit a petition containing the signatures of at least 50 registered voters from the district he or she seeks to represent.
Once the petitions are submitted, the Oktibbeha County Election Commission will verify the voter registrations of those who signed the petitions before the candidate is placed on the ballot.
The petition forms and statement of intent forms are available at the Oktibbeha County Circuit Clerk’s Office in the Courthouse Annex on West Main Street or may be downloaded from the Secretary of State’s Office website at http://www.sos.ms.gov  and clicking on the “Elections” link.
County School Board members serve staggered six-year terms and candidates for seats on the board run in non-partisan races.
The Circuit Clerk’s Office may be reached by calling 323-1356 during regular business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Monday to Friday.
In addition to the two county school board races, other races on the ballot for the November general election include those for Circuit Court and Chancery Court judge and for the U.S. House of Representatives.