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House of Representatives
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: December 2, 2022 09:46 AM
From: Representative Marci Mustello
To: All House members
Subject: Transparency in Voting for School Board Directors
In the near future, I will be introducing legislation that will limit candidates for school director to filing nominating petitions with only one political party. This common-sense reform will increase transparency in important local elections and better reflect the reality of these elections in the present day.
Although permitting candidates for school director to cross-file for nomination with multiple political parties may have been sensible in the past, the nature of these local elections and the political decisions made by school directors once in office have changed substantially in recent years. From the heightened impact of local property taxes to the recent prominence of school directors in developing plans for remote, hybrid, and in-person learning, decisions made in the role of school director more closely resemble those of other elected political offices than ever before. Aligning the requirements for school director nomination with those of these other offices is now both appropriate and transparent. Voters will benefit from greater clarity regarding candidates’ partisan preferences.

Please join me in sponsoring this important reform.

Introduced as HB36