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Filing period for school board ends July 8

White Hall residents considering a run for their local board of education face an upcoming deadline.

Prospective candidates must collect at least 20 signatures from adults living in their voting districts and submit those signatures to the county clerk’s office at 101 E. Barraque St. by noon Tuesday, July 8, County Clerk Patricia Johnson said. Candidates were allowed to begin gathering signatures on Sunday, June 8, she said.

The White Hall School District consists of seven seats. The Zone 2 seat is up for election in September. Efforts to reach incumbent Zone 2 board member Scott Pittillo to see if he plans to seek re-election were not successful.

Upon turning in these signatures to qualify for the ballot, prospective candidates will receive a document known as a Political Practices Pledge. This document includes a section for candidates to choose a party affiliation, although the voters will not see any party name on the ballot, according to Katherine Wooldridge, senior deputy clerk for voter registration of Jefferson County. The document also asks candidates to write their name as they want it to appear on the ballot and attest to never having been convicted of a felony. The candidates must also complete a form known as an affidavit of eligibility to specify they live in the district in which they are running.

Jefferson County adults may register to vote in advance of their respective school board election through Monday, Aug. 18. A person who is unsure of his or her registration status can check https://www.voterview.ar-nova.org/VoterView/RegistrantSearch.do