The date for public school elections this year is May 4th. In Ravalli County so far, Hamilton and Corvallis Public Schools are planning board trustee elections. No bond issues have been announced.

The Hamilton School District #3 will have three board positions open - each for three years. They are currently held by trustees Drew Blankenbaker, Tim Campbell and Patrick Hanley. The Hamilton district office reported that Blankenbaker, Campbell and Hanley have all filed for re-election. They are joined in the election by Richard T. Hulse and Eli Johnson. Anyone else who'd like to run for the school board must have their paperwork in by March 25. by the way, the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices requires paperwork to be filed electronically. A public forum with the candidates is in the planning stage.

The Hamilton school election will be by mail-in ballot again this year. Most registered voters will receive their ballots on or about April 16. The ballots need to be returned to the Ravalli County Election Office by 8 p.m. May 4th.

If you're not registered to vote, you have until April 5th, which is the close of regular voter registration. The Hamilton School District office on Daly Avenue and the Ravalli County Election Office on South 4th Street in Hamilton have registration cards available.

Corvallis School District #1 will also have a trustee election on May 4. There are two 3-year terms open for election, held by Tonia Bloom and Todd Wyche. Another one-year term will complete the position held by Mark Fournier. To run for office, get forms at the Corvallis School Central Office at 1151 East Side Highway (the former REC building) or get the required forms at the Corvallis school website. Deadline is 4 p.m. on March 25th and again paperwork must filed electronically.

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