Bender files petition to run for school board

Erik Kaufman, The Daily Republic, Mitchell, S.D.
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Mar. 25—A sixth petition to run for the Mitchell Board of Education has been filed with the school business office.

Reed Bender filed his nominating petition Thursday, according to Joe Graves, superintendent for the Mitchell School District, making him an official candidate for the race.

Bender is one of seven individuals who have taken out petitions to run for the two opening positions on the board, along with Shawn Ruml, Debbie Emme, Dwight Stadler, Lacey Musick, Brittni Flood and Chris Nebelsick. Of the seven petitions taken out so far, all but the one taken out by Musick has been filed. Musick has since stated she will no longer seek re-election to the board.

There are two seats on the five-member board up for election in 2021 — the seats held by Musick and Neil Putnam. Putnam has also stated he will not be running for another term. Both seats are at-large bids, meaning those who file nominating petitions will vie for the same two seats, with the two candidates receiving the most votes filling the positions.

The filing deadline for nominating petitions is 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 30. Petitions may be taken out at the school business manager's office.

The 2021 Mitchell Board of Education election will take place Tuesday, June 8.