The expiring member seat is for Board District No. 2 (Zone 2), which encompasses parts of Cherokee, Mayes, Rogers and Wagoner Counties. Billy Hendrickson is the incumbent of this position.
The person elected to fill this seat will do so for a five-year term, beginning in 2017 and expiring in 2022. Filing at the Election Boards in each of these four counties will begin at 8 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, and close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016.
The election will be held on February 14, 2017. The winning candidate must receive more than 50% of the votes cast. If no candidate receives more than 50% of the votes cast, a run-off election between the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes will be held on April 4, 2017. The polling places will be open from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
To be eligible to be a candidate, a person must have resided in and been a voter registered with the County Election Board at an address located within the Zone 2 boundaries for at least six months preceding December 5, 2016, which is the first day of the filing period.
Anyone wishing to run for this position must have a high school diploma or certificate of high school equivalency and may not be related to a current NTC employee or board member within the second degree by blood or marriage. Additionally, a candidate cannot have been convicted of, or entered a plea of guilty or no contest to, a misdemeanor involving embezzlement or a felony and it presently be within 15 years of the completion of the sentence or during the pendency of an appeal of such conviction or plea.
Candidates must agree and pledge in writing when filing their Declaration of Candidacy that he or she will complete at least 12 hours of instruction (six hours for an incumbent), within 15 months of election, on educational issues in the following areas: school finance, legal issues, which include but are not limited to employment, due process, new laws, the Oklahoma Open Records Act and the Oklahoma Open Meeting Act; and duties and responsibilities, which include but are not limited to special education and ethics, of district board of education members.
More specifically, each elector shall agree and pledge in writing to complete at least one hour of instruction in each of the following three topics: school finance, Oklahoma Open Records Act and the Oklahoma Open Meeting Act and ethics. The remaining hours may be satisfied by attending workshops, seminars or classes which address the above-mentioned subject matter, and which are sponsored by any organization approved by the State Board of Education.
While candidates must reside within the specific zone represented by this seat, the election will be determined by an at-large vote. Any registered voter who currently resides anywhere within the Northeast Technology Center School District is eligible to vote in the election.