Election: MCC, school board seats lack competition

A half dozen local school trustees will not face competition for re-election.

As a result, there will be no trustees from either the Miles City Unified Board of Trustees or the Miles Community College (MCC) Board of Trustees on the spring ballot.

For both boards, the trustees will be voted in by acclamation by their own boards.

Being voted in by acclamation means that due to the lack of opposition, the candidate is considered elected and doesn’t need to be put on the ballot.

According to Miles City Unified Superintendent Keith Campbell, it’s very common for the district to vote in trustees by acclamation. 

“Board members can run again for their seat and if there is no opposing candidate then the board can pass a resolution naming candidates to the vacant positions by acclamation,” Campbell explained in an email. 

The trustees up for re-election for the Miles City Unified Board were Bob Wagner and Terry Annalora of the elementary district and Don Hofmann as a rural board member.

The school district trustees serve three-year terms but are not limited to how many they can serve, Campbell said.

There are 11 trustees on the board. 

For MCC, the trustees up for re-election were Ryan Jones, Tad Torgerson and Garret McFarland.

According to Candy Laney, executive assistant, Torgerson decided not to run again. Filling that spot will be local resident Jamie Ogolin.

Each MCC trustee serves a three-year term and there are seven trustees on the board.

(Contact Ashley Roness at starnews@midrivers.com or (406) 234-0450.)