By Ross Markman
Fred Davey is running for election because nobody else will.
A former trustee on the Davey Elementary School board, Davey will replace Lisa Overlie, and is unopposed in the May 7 election.
"There's over 20 people in this district and no one else wants to run. So, I have to fill the spot," Davey said. "I really didn't want to do it myself, but I had to do it."
Davey will join incumbents Carol Gallagher and Davey's wife, Violet Davey, on the three-member board.
"Our job is to just keep the school running more than anything. We have to interview teachers and do the small stuff," he said.
Davey Elementary School is a two-building facility 10 miles east of Havre. The district serves about 20 students.
Also running unopposed is incumbent Kim Faechner in the Cottonwood Elementary School District. Faechner was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Daryl Morse 1 years ago.
"I like having a say in my kids' education. And I like sitting on the board and making the decisions that involve my kids," she said.
Faechner is the mother of two children a third- and fourth-grader in the district. She joins Beverly Peterson and Kurt Gerky on the board.
Cottonwood School educates nine children and is located 22 miles north of Havre.
At Rocky Boy Schools, 11 people are running to fill two open seats on the five-member school board. They are: Roger Decora Sr., Jonathan "Jay" Eagleman, Russell T. Gopher, Tracey Jilot, Direk P. Small Sr., Stacey Rob Small, Warren Paul Small, Debbie St. Pierre, Harriet Standing Rock, Peggy (Meyers) Standing Rock and Kathy Sunderland.
In the Box Elder Schools race, two candidates, both incumbents, are running for two vacant slots on the five-member board. Since Joseph Rosette Jr. and Tammy Houle are unopposed, Box Elder Schools will not have an election.
At KG Schools, Johanna Kapperud and Curt Rambo are competing for one open seat on the three-member board. Neither are incumbents.
In the Gildford Colony school district, incumbent Fred Stahl is running unopposed to continue on the three-member board.
At Blue Sky Schools, Charles Chvilicek and Michael Lipp are running for two vacant seats on the five-member school board. Although there is no other competition, the district will still have an election.
At J-I Schools, three candidates Kip Lybeck, Debra Haaland and Cherie Moss are contending for two slots on the five-member board.
At Chester Schools in Liberty County, three candidates Laura Kolstead, Jeff Mattson and incumbent Larry Hendrickson have filed for three seats on the five-member school board.
At Big Sandy Schools in Chouteau County, incumbents Marla Ray and Keith Danreuther are running unopposed for two seats on the six-member board.
The deadline to file for school board elections in Blaine County is today.
All terms are for three years. Elections will be held on May 7.