Five Collierville residents have picked up petitions to serve on the town’s first-ever school board.
Kevin Vaughan, Wanda Chism, Mark Hansen, Catherine Messerly and Wright Cox have all filed petitions with the Shelby County Election Commission. The deadline for filing is Thursday.
Collierville is the only Shelby municipality that has five candidates running unopposed for the five-member board.
Ten Germantown residents are competing for five positions, while seven Bartlett residents are seeking to serve on the city’s five-member board.
While a county high 23 Millington residents picked up petitions to compete for the town’s seven-member board, only five had filed their petition on Tuesday.
Candidates must be a citizen of the state Tennessee, be a resident and qualified voter of Collierville, have achieved a high school diploma or GED, have attained the age of 18 years at the time of their election and otherwise meet all other requirements of applicable state law.
The initial terms for members of the municipal school board for the Town of Collierville will vary in length with members elected to even numbered positions for an initial term of one year and members elected to odd numbered positions for an initial term of three years, as follows: Positions 1, 3 and 5: Initial three-year term – Positions 2 and 4: Initial one-year term.
In subsequent elections, all school board candidates will be elected to four-year terms. A special election to select the members of the municipal school board of the Town of Collierville is scheduled for Nov. 7. The Board is expected to be sworn in on Dec. 1.