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Three file for Grandview School Board seat during special filing period

GRANDVIEW - It took an extra go-around, but three candidates threw their hats in the ring last week for an open seat on the Grandview School Board.

The Yakima County Elections Department conducted a special filing period last week for several seats that were left vacant in the county, following the original filing period in late July.

One of the seats left vacant was on the Grandview School Board for the director district #2 seat, previously held by long-time board member Kirk Michels. Michels did not file for re-election and no one else put their name on the ballot during the original filing period. With the seat left open, the county elections department opened a special filing period in hopes of attracting some additional candidates.

One of the candidates who filed for the open school board seat was Libby Martinez. Martinez filed for the school board spot on Aug. 11.

The last day of the special filing period saw two additional candidates enter the mix.

Karen Veloz filed on Friday, along with Mark Meyer.

Meyer said it was basically a last minute spur of the moment deal with him running for the school board. Meyer, who works in the main office for Bleyhl Farm Service in Grandview, said he has some issues with the way some things are being done in the Grandview School District, in particular at the middle school level, which his daughter attends.

"Hopefully, I can have a voice in there (on the school board) and see what is going on," said Meyer.

Meyer said some of the issues he would like to address has to deal with such matters as the dress code and improving curriculum.

Attempts were made to contact the other two school board candidates this morning (Monday). None of the messages left were answered.

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