CANDIDATE FILING TO OPEN SOON FOR MOORPARK BALLOT; PROTEST REMOVES SCHOOL BOARD APPOINTEE, FORCES $20,000 SPECIAL ELECTION IN JULY.
The filing period will open Monday for candidates wishing to fill the school board slot created by the ouster of Mindy Yaras, whose appointment to the board was overturned by residents demanding an election.
The district will hold a special election July 20.
Yaras, 42, a homemaker and former medical office manager, said she will ``absolutely'' run for the seat and isn't bitter about her ouster.
``I can tell you that I respect the process, that I don't agree with it, but that I respect it,'' she said.
The five-member board appointed Yaras on Jan. 26 to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Clint Harper, who was elected to the Moorpark City Council.
But local resident and former Councilwoman Eloise Brown led a successful petition drive to force an election for the school board seat.
Brown said she was not opposed to Yaras, but objected to the board appointing a successor for the open seat.
``I've done as a citizen what I thought needed to be done,'' said Brown, who added that 10 candidates had applied for the appointment and ``never had a chance to present their case to the voters.''
Earlier this week, Ventura County Superintendent Charles Weis signed the resolution asking the county Elections Division to arrange the ballot after confirming that the petition with 295 signatures was valid.
The resolution also ousted Yaras from the school board.
Yaras, who will no longer sit on the dais at board meetings, said she has used her two months on the board to study Moorpark's education system.
``I feel that I have a lot to offer and I feel my dedication will take me to where I've got to go,'' said Yaras, whose two children, 19 and 16, were educated in Moorpark's schools.
The special election will cost the school district $20,000, said Ventura County Assistant Registrar of Voters Bruce Bradley.
The funding will come from district funds that would have gone for other purposes, officials said.
The successful candidate for the board seat will fill out Harper's term, which ends November 2000.
Candidates for the board seat have until April 23 to file. Those wishing to vote in the election must be registered voters living in the district, and the last day to register to vote is June 21, said Bradley.
For more information on how to file as a candidate or register as a voter, contact the county Elections Division at (805) 654-2781.
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|Publication:||Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)|
|Date:||Mar 27, 1999|
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