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School board candidate forum set for today

This map shows the district represented by each of the seven members of the Eagle County school board.

If You Go

What: Eagle County school district candidate forum

When: 6:30 p.m. today

Where: Colorado Mountain College Edwards auditorium

Cost: Free

Information: Nine candidates are running for four seats. All four seats are being contested, the first contested races since 2009.

Board candidates

District A – Four Year Term - Vote for One

Tessa Kirchner

Ryan C. Geller

District C – Four Year Term – Vote for One

Carolyn Knox Keep

Mary Cotton

District D – Four Year Term – Vote for One

Robert Lee Ticer

Felicia S. Battle

District E – Two Year Term – Vote for One

Carrie M. Larson

Kevin Kottenstette

Robinette Hoppin

EDWARDS – You can get a look at all nine school board candidates at today’s forum.

It’s scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards.

Four seats are up for grabs, and for the first time in memory they’re all being contested.

Board members are elected at large – voters on by from all over the school district – but they must reside in the district they represent.

How it will work

Today’s forum will open with opening statements from each candidate, followed by questions from a moderator.

After that, the public gets their shot at the candidates.

Questions must be written on index cards, and will be given to the moderator who will ask them.

Questions from the moderator or the public can be directed at candidates in specific districts, and other candidates can answer them if they want to.

After all the questions are asked and answered, candidates will have one minute each for their closing remarks.

Ballots mailed next week

Voters won’t have long to make up their minds.

This election will be done entirely by mail, and ballots go out next week, between Oct. 14-16.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3.

Your district

District A encompasses the southeastern portion of the School District generally east of West Lake Creek, south of US Highway 6 (from Edwards to Avon Road), the area between US Highway 6 and Interstate 70 from Avon Road east to the Minturn interchange, including Eagle-Vail, and all areas west and south of US Highway 24 extending south to the District boundary/county line.

District B encompasses the eastern portion of the School District including all areas east of US Highway 24 from the southern District boundary to the Minturn interchange with Interstate 70, the Town of Vail, East Vail, and most of the Avon Elementary School attendance area north of Interstate 70 except the area west of Metcalf Creek. It also includes the Red Sandstone Elementary School attendance area east of US Highway 24 and a small portion of the Homestake Peak Elementary School attendance area north of north of US Highway 6 west of the Minturn interchange.

District C encompasses the north central and northwestern portions of the School District from Director District B’s western boundary west to the District’s western boundary and generally north of Interstate 70 except in the Eagle area. In the Eagle area District C excludes the area north of I-70 between Rube Creek on the east and Cottonwood Creek on the west and encompassing the area about six miles north along both Castle Creek and Eby Creek. It includes a small area south of I-70 bounded by Reserve Road, the Union Pacific Railway and the Edwards Access Road on the east almost to Hilcrest Drive on the west and south to US Highway 6. Further, it includes the area south of US Highway 6 that is north of Edwards Village Boulevard and east of Lake Creek Road. The Wolcott area is also in Director District C.

District D encompasses the area north of I-70 between Rube Creek on the east and Cottonwood Creek on the west and encompassing the area about six miles north along both Castle Creek and Eby Creek as well as most of the Town of Eagle. Within the Town of Eagle Director District D includes the area around Eagle Valley Elementary and Middle Schools south to the Bull Pasture (excluding upper Kaibab) and west to Eagle Ranch Road and Brush Creek Road. It also includes the area between Interstate 70 and US Highway 6 between the Town of Eagle and Eagle River Road on the west.

District E encompasses the southwestern portion of the School District including the Town of Gypsum and the Dotsero area that lie south of Interstate 70. It excludes the area between Union Pacific Railway and I-70 from Eagle River Road on the east to the Gypsum interchange on the west (in district C). It is bounded on the east, generally, by Buckhorn Valley Boulevard and Road 8382 including most of the Spring Creek valley and the Gypsum Creek valley south to its confluence with the Miller Ditch.

District F includes portions of Eagle-Vail and Avon north of US Highway 6 and south of Interstate 70 from Avon Road west to Reserve Road, then north to the Union Pacific Railroad and west to the Edwards Access Road plus a small area north of I-70 west of the Edwards Access Road to about 500 feet east of Prairie Circle and south of Berry Creek and Rawhide Roads. It also includes the Avon Elementary attendance area north of I-70 as well as small portions of the northeast June Creek Elementary attendance area and northwest Homestake Peak K-8 attendance area.

District G encompasses the south central portion of the District generally south of Interstate 70, west of the Edwards Access Road, including the Homestead Court Club area, Cordillera and most of Edwards Elementary School’s attendance area as well as the rural area of Eagle Valley Elementary School’s attendance area south of I-70. It extends west to approximately Buckhorn Valley Road east of Gypsum. Further, it encompasses the upper Gypsum Creek area south of its confluence with the Miller Ditch.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or rwyrick@vaildaily.com.