FAIRFIELD — Add the Solano County Board of Education to the list of local elected bodies considering whether to move its elections from odd to even years.
The Board of Education governs the Solano County Office of Education. It will consider the matter when it meets at 1 p.m. Wednesday in its board room at 5100 Business Center Drive in Fairfield.
A number of other local agencies have discussed making the switch.
For example, county Supervisors Jim Spering and John Vasquez asked the Fairfield City Council to go to even-year elections, arguing there is a greater turnout during general elections when national races are on the ballot. Council members approved the change Tuesday on a 5-0 vote.
The Fairfield-Suisun School District governing board is also considering a switch to even-year voting.
A proposed resolution going to the Board of Education takes the same position, stating that historically there is greater participation in general elections.
The resolution also notes the costs for having odd-year elections could increase. That’s because some election costs are spread over the participating cities, districts and agencies. Should more agencies go to even-year elections, those remaining on odd years would have to shoulder a greater financial burden.
The four-year terms for Board of Education 4th District Trustee Mayrene Bates, 6th District Trustee Doug Ford and the vacant 3rd District seat expire this year. Terms for 1st District Trustee Michelle Coleman, 2nd District Trustee Raymond Silva, 5th District Trustee Larry Asera and 7th District Trustee Rozzana Verder-Aliga expire in 2015.
Should the Board of Education decide to go to even-election years and the county Board of Supervisors agrees, each term would be extended by one year.
Also Wednesday, the Board of Education will listen to candidates for the vacant 3rd District seat.
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