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The League of Women Voters reminds 4th of July BV Parade attendees to vote. Photo by Carly Winchell

The League of Women Voters of Chaffee County (LWVCC) is sponsoring a candidate event featuring the candidates running for the Buena Vista Board of Education in the November 7 consolidated election. The event is set for  3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 15 in the Pinon Room of the Buena Vista Community Center.

The event will feature the eight candidates running for the five open seats on the board:

District                                 Candidates

District 1                                 John Casey Martin and Brett Mitchell

District 3                                 Norman Nyberg

District 4                                 George Richardson

At Large four years              Mallory Brooks and Montana Brown

At Large two years               Paula Dylan and Trinda Windle

The LWVCC is running a modified format of their normal structure for this year’s School Board Candidate Forum. While it will include introductory statements from each candidate and the traditional “candi-dating” format, it will also include a lightning round of questions by local media, in addition to audience questions from both in-person and Zoom audiences, and a closing followed by an informal “Meet & Greet”.

During the media lightning round, each candidate will be asked the same set of questions; rotating who goes first with each question.  Ark Valley Voice is participating in the rounds of media lighting questions.

It should be noted that school board elections are supposed to be nonpartisan. No political party stances can be raised by candidates. That said, by definition, board responsibilities include setting goals, establishing policies, making budget decisions, and dealing with the needs of both employees and those for whom the organization is there to serve.

The LWVCC does plan to video of the candidate’s statements and lightning-round questions and answers will be recorded and available to be viewed later at

Editor’s Note: Ark Valley Voice standards apply not just to materials submitted to AVV as guest opinions or letters to the editor, but to the claims made in candidate forums (both those we sponsor and those in which we participate) For more details, follow this link.