Puente's seat may be on November ballot after all

Depending on when Sunnyside School Board President Miguel Puente's move to his new home is final, his position may be on the Nov. 5 general election ballot.

That's according to Kathy Fisher of the Yakima County Elections Department.

Puente's term expires in 2015, but if his impending change of residence takes place before this year's filing period, May 13-17, the Sunnyside School District #5 director's position is to be placed on the ballot and Puente will remain in office until his successor is elected to office. That successor will serve the remaining two years of Puente's term.

The RCW (28A.343.350) states that because Puente will not be moving out of the Sunnyside School District he can continue to serve out the remainder of his term if his move is finalized after the regular filing period.

In other words, if his residency doesn't change until May 18, 2013 or later, Puente can continue to serve through 2015.

Fisher said a new director would have been appointed if Puente were moving out of the Sunnyside School District.

"That changes everything," she said.

If Puente's seat is included on the general election ballot, there will be a total of three school board positions before the voters.

Michelle Perry serves the school district in position #2 and Lorenzo Garza is the director for position #3. Their terms both expire this year and the pair must file for re-election during the regular filing period in May, if they seek re-election.


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