4 seats on Eagle County school board are up for election in November

Interested candidates have until Friday, Sept. 1 to submit a completed candidate packet, including a nomination petition with 50 signatures

This November, four seats on the seven-member Eagle County School District’s Board of Education will be up for election. Interested candidates can now pick up a nomination petition from the district office, with completed petitions due by Friday, Sept. 1 at 4 p.m. The school board election will take place as part of the Tuesday, Nov. 7, coordinated Eagle County election.

None of the four available seats are term-limited, so all board members could run for re-election. Three of the seats — held by Kelly Alter, Ted Long and Lucila Tvarkunas — are four-year terms, and the seat held by Juan Peña is a two-year term.

Candidates must live within the boundaries of the director district they wish to represent on the board of education. Additional requirements for candidates include:

  • You must be a registered voter in the district for at least 12 months before the election
  • You cannot have been convicted of a sexual offense against a child
  • You cannot campaign as a member of a political party

If only one candidate runs for an available seat, the district can cancel the election for that seat.

In November 2023, the Eagle County School District will host an election for director districts A, C, D and E.
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The four seats that will be included in the election represent the following director districts:

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  • District A (currently held by Alter): Encompasses the southeastern portion of the school district (including segments of Edwards, Avon, EagleVail and Minturn)
  • District C (currently held by Long): Encompasses the north central portion of the school district (including segments of Edwards as well as Wolcott, Bond, State Bridge, Catamount, McCoy, and Burns)
  • District D (currently held by Tvarkunas): Encompasses the portion of the school district south of I-70 between Eagle and Gypsum’s east edge (including the majority of Eagle and some of Gypsum)
  • District E (currently held by Peña): Encompasses the western portion of the school district (including most of Gypsum and all of the Dotsero community)

Individuals wishing to run for a seat on the board must file a candidate affidavit electronically with the Secretary of State’s office within 10 days of announcing their candidacy using the TRACER online disclosure system as well as file a completed candidate packet, including a nomination petition. Nomination petitions must be signed by at least fifty eligible registered voters.

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Candidate packets can be picked up at the Eagle County School District office in Eagle (948 Chambers Avenue) from Missy Gerard, the executive assistant to the superintendent and Board of Education. This office is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Completed petitions must be returned to Gerard by 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 1.

All petition signatures are verified. Based on the date you return your petition, you may be asked to also fill out a write-in candidate affidavit. This ensures that, should your petition signatures not be approved, you would still be eligible to run as a write-in candidate.

 For additional information or if you have any questions, contact Gerard at 970-328-4804 or email

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