Declaration of Intent and Oath of Candidacy for Trustee Candidates - May 3, 2022 Trustee Election

  • Trustee candidates must complete the Declaration of Intent and Oath of Candidacy form to file for one of the six seats that are up for election to the Missoula County Public Schools Board of Trustees. The election will be held on Tuesday, May 3, 2022.

    The following board seats are up for election:

    • Three K-12 trustee seats that represent both the Elementary and High School District for three-year Candidates must reside within the MCPS Elementary District boundary.
    • One high school trustee seat that represents Election District “A” for a three-year Candidates must reside in Election District “A”, which includes the attendance area for Lolo and DeSmet schools.  MCPS High School District Map
    • One high school trustee seat that represents Election District “B” for a two-year Candidates must reside in Election District “B”, which includes the attendance area for Bonner and Target Range schools.  MCPS High School District Map
    • One high school trustee seat that represents Election District “C” for a two-year Candidates must reside in Election District “C”, which includes the attendance area for Hellgate Elementary school.  MCPS High School District Map

    School trustees are non-paid positions. MCPS trustees are expected to attend two (2) monthly evening meetings that focus on school district operations. Trustees are also expected to attend special meetings, board work sessions, building visits, graduation ceremonies, and special events.

    There are 11 trustees on the MCPS school board.  Seven trustees represent both Elementary and High School Districts, and four trustees represent various outlying communities, and only vote on High School District issues.  Trustee’s generally serve in staggered three-year terms and the state does not limit the number of terms a trustee may serve.

    Who May Run for the Office of School District Trustee?

    Any person qualified to vote in a district is eligible for the office of trustee. However, there are restrictions on who may hold office. A trustee may not be employed in any capacity by the trustee’s own school district (except for officiating athletic competitions under the auspices of the Montana Officials Association). The trustee candidate may be related to a school or county employee.

    20-3-305 and 20-9-204, MCA. (2022 School Election Handbook, 2021). 

    A person may not be eligible to hold office due to a conviction.  See 13-35-106, MCA 

    What Are the Qualifications for School Trustee?

    A trustee must: 1) be qualified to vote in a district; and 2) be a resident of the school district.  20-3-305, MCA. (2022 School Election Handbook, 2021). 

    Qualified to vote means the person must: 1) be at least 18 years old; 2) be a resident of the state and county for at least 30 days; and 3) be a United States citizen. The person must not be: 1) a convicted felon currently serving a sentence in a penal institution; or 2) determined to be of unsound mind by a court of law. 13-1-111, MCA. (2022 School Election Handbook, 2021).

    Instructions to File:

    Complete the Declaration of Intent and Oath of Candidacy for trustee candidates.  The Oath of Candidacy must clearly identify the position sought.

    1. Turn in your completed Oath of Candidacy by March 24 at 5 p.m. Candidates must sign before a Notary Public, if mailed/emailed, or before the Election Administrator or Deputy, if delivered in person. If emailed, the original must be mailed or delivered to MCPS or the Elections Office.

    Missoula County Public Schools
    Pat McHugh or Kara Tortorich
    909 South Ave W Missoula, MT 59803
    Email:  pmchugh@mcpsmt.org  AND  kmtortorich@mcpsmt.org

    Missoula County Elections Office
    140 N. Russell St.
    Email: electioninfo@missolacounty.us AND pmchugh@mcpsmt.org 

    NOTE: If filing in person after March 18, please return your Oath of Candidacy to the Missoula County Elections Office.  

    1. Candidates must work directly with the Commissioner of Political Practices to file the C-1-A form and any other required forms to appear on the ballot. As of October 2019, and in accordance with 13-37-225 and 226 MCA, all candidates must file these forms electronically.  Please visit the Commissioner of Political Practices page for instructions and to file. 
    2. See “Contacts & Helpful Links” below if you have questions.

    Note: Potential candidates have until 5 p.m. on March 31 to file the Declaration of Intent and Oath of Candidacy as a write-in candidate or to withdraw as a candidate.  Please contact the elections office, Kara Tortorich or Pat McHugh (see contact information below).

    Contacts and Helpful Links:

    Missoula County Public Schools Business Services
    Kara Tortorich or Pat McHugh
    909 South Ave W
    kmtortorich@mcpsmt.org or pmchugh@mcpsmt.org
    (406)-728-2400 Ext. 3021 or 3020

    Montana Commission of Political Practices
    https://politicalpractices.mt.gov/Home/Forms
    cpphelp@mt.gov
    (406)-444-2942 

    Missoula County Elections Office
    140 N. Russell St.
    electioninfo@missolacounty.us
    406-258-4751
    Candidate information and to view a list of current candidates: https://www.missoulacounty.us/government/administration/elections-office/information-for-candidates

    Office of Public Instruction
    www.opi.mt.gov
    Click on “Leadership” and then “Elections”

    Reference:

    2022 School Election Handbook. (2021). Retrieved from https://opi.mt.gov/Portals/182/Page%20Files/School%20Finance/Elections/Guidance/FY2022/2022%20Election%20Handbook.pdf?ver=2021-10-22-055717-610