Eds. note: qualifying ends at 5p today (Wed)

While seats on boards of education across Carter County will need to be filled next year, candidates who filed for those seats this week will not face any challengers. Candidate filings for 11 seats on 10 school boards ended on Wednesday evening, and none of the seats up for election have more than one qualifying candidate. Carter County Election Board secretary Diane Hall says no primary or general election will be held if only one person files for candidacy.

Many of the candidates who filed for the April 7, 2020 general school board elections are incumbents, including Springer Board of Education vice president Travis Roberts. With more than 20 years on the board, Roberts said he is not concerned by a lack of challengers for his seat but thinks everybody should run for an elected office at least once.

“It basically comes down to a lot of people don’t realize how much work it is,” he said of being a school board member. “You have to be committed and dedicated to being a representative of the school.”

Despite many incumbents filing without challengers, some seats will see new faces next year. Dickson, Plainview, Wilson, and Southern Tech boards of education will each see a board member depart since the incumbents in those seats did not qualify before the Wednesday deadline.