The first new face to throw in for a school board seat appeared last week when Bellevue resident Alexis Lindberg launched her campaign for the south county’s Zone 1 spot in this November’s election.

A CPA with a master’s degree from Montana State University, Lindberg has worked as an accountant for Becker, Chambers and Co. in Hailey since moving to the Wood River Valley in 2010. In a letter to the Idaho Mountain Express, Lindberg pitched that skillset, which she said would aid her in running a district with $55 million to $60 million in annual general fund expenditures.

“I pledge to promote good governance, transparency, accoun-

tability, and a fiscally responsible School District,” she wrote. “Financial oversight is a crucial

board responsibility. I will bring my expertise to the budget process and assist the board to understand the financial impact of property taxes on Blaine County residents.”

That echoes what Lindberg told the sitting members of the school board last year.

In September, she was one of two candidates self-nominated to replace Carey resident Shawn Bennion after the longtime board chairman stepped down from his post. Ultimately, the trustees voted 4-0 for the other choice, swayed by the blue-collar perspective of Carey electrician Ryan Degn, who still occupies the seat.

Degn didn’t respond to a request to comment for this story. For now, Lindberg is running unopposed.

In her announcement, she highlighted the Carey School as a focal point for Zone 1, which covers Carey, Picabo and southern Bellevue.

“While my home is in Bellevue, I am keenly aware of the importance of the Carey School to the Carey community,” she wrote. “Enabling Carey School to continue its long tradition of superior education and athletic success will be a top priority for me.”

Three of the board’s five seats are up for election on Nov. 5: Zone 1; Zone 3, which includes western Hailey; and Zone 5, which spans from Indian Creek north to the county line.

The board’s chairwoman, Zone 3 Trustee Ellen Mandeville, said she intends to move out of her area and will not seek re-election. Zone 5 Trustee Kevin Garrison has announced his intention to seek another term.

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