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The Buena Vista Board of Education has updated its website with the names of eight candidates running for the five open school board positions this November. Election information is updated here.

Superintendent Lisa Yates helps direct traffic at Avery Parsons while students head back for their first day of school. Photo by Carly Winchell

The posted candidates are broken down by district below:

District 1 (four years)

    • Brett Mitchell
    • John Casey Martin

District 3 (four years)

    • Norman Nyberg

District 4 (four years)

    • George Richardson

At Large (four years)

    • Mallory Brooks
    • Montana Brown

At Large (two years)

    • Paula Dylan
    • Trinda Windle

President Suzette Hachmann, Vice President Brett Mitchell, Secretary Tracy Storms, Director Olivia Bartlett, and Director Stacey Moss all have expiring terms this November. Brett Mitchell is the only incumbent candidate running for his seat again this November.

Director Lynn Montoya and Treasurer Jessica Crites have terms expiring in November 2025.

According to the timeline outlined in a candidate FAQ meeting on July 31, the ballot order will be determined by lot drawing by Election Official Hannah Jayne at 9:30 a.m. on September 8. Election day will be November 7.

While the School Board itself does not hold any public forums for candidates, local organizations (like the League of Women Voters of Chaffee County and the Truth Has A Voice Foundation) typically invite candidates to public forums to answer questions before election day.

Current board members Hachmann and Mitchell encourage candidates to attend Board meetings between now and the election to familiarize themselves with what is going on and how the meetings work.

Before the start of the August 28 regular meeting, Candidate and Current Vice President of the Board Brett Mitchell expressed concern about the lack of candidates attending meetings.

“If they’re serious they need to be here,” said Mitchell before assuring Board President Suzette Hachmann that he was not campaigning but that the lack of attendance from potential candidates was a concern.

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The next regular meeting of the Buena Vista Board of Education is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday, September 11 at the District Office (113 North Court Street, Buena Vista).

The public is invited to attend the Board of Education meetings, which offer the opportunity for public participation with comments (up to three minutes) allowed during the public comment portion of the meeting. Upcoming meeting dates, agendas, and other information are available online.