Candidates interested in running for elected office in November can now file at the Old County Courthouse in Hailey.

Three school board seats highlight the fall slate, which also includes a seat on the Blaine County Recreation District board of trustees, board members for local cemetery and fire protection districts, and municipal posts. Several City Council seats will be on the ballots in Ketchum, Sun Valley, Hailey and Bellevue.

Declarations for all offices—the first step in getting one’s name on the ballot—are available at the Blaine County Clerk’s Office, the clerk or secretary of each district or online through the Blaine County Elections Office website at co.blaine.id.us/196/Elections. Forms must be submitted to the district clerk or secretary of the entity the candidate is filing to serve by 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6. They’re required to submit all filings to the county the following week.

Write-in candidates need to file a declaration, too. Those aren’t due until Sept. 23.

Candidates must be registered to vote in the district or zone they’re looking to represent, and provide their name, residential and mailing address and office they’re seeking. They must also complete a petition of candidacy by collecting five signatures from other registered voters, which will be verified by the county clerk. Both forms must then be signed by the candidate and sealed in the presence of a notary.

Finally, prior to receiving donations or spending any money on the campaign, candidates must designate a campaign treasurer. That form is available on the county website, too, and pursuant to Idaho law needs to be returned to the Blaine County Elections Office before any campaign expenditures are made.

After filing, candidates have until the 46th day before the election—Sept. 20 this year—to withdraw their name from the race.

Here’s a look at which board seats are due up on the county ballot, and where to drop off completed filings:

  • Blaine County School District—118 Bullion St., Hailey. Zones 1, 3 and 5.
  • Blaine County Recreation District—Community Campus, 1050 Fox Acres Road, Room 107, Hailey.
  • Fire protection districts—Ketchum Rural Fire Protection District—480 East Ave. N., Ketchum; Wood River Fire Protection District—117 E. Walnut St., Hailey; Carey Rural Fire Protection District—20552 N. Main St., Carey; Smiley Creek Fire Protection District—222 Ski Doo Lane, Sawtooth City; West Magic Fire District—960 West Magic Rd No. 56, West Magic.
  • Cemetery districts: Bellevue Cemetery District—504 S. Second St., Bellevue; Carey Cemetery District—22 Little Wood Reservoir Road, Carey; Picabo Cemetery District—769 N. First St., Gannett; Hailey Cemetery District—511 E. Maple St., Hailey; Ketchum Cemetery District—1026 N. Main St., Ketchum.

For more information, contact the elections office at 208-788-5510, or visit its website.

Email the writer: mdee@mtexpress.com

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