RACINE — Three Racine Unified School Board seats usually come up for election each spring, but this year four seats are in play.
Three seats are up for election as usual, because three board members’ three-year terms are set to end in April. A fourth seat is up for election because a board member resigned in the fall and, under state law, the person appointed to that seat by the board must now run for election.
Board member Wally Rendón was appointed in September after former board member Gretchen Warner resigned to move to Arizona where her husband had taken a job. Because Rendón was appointed after the 2013 spring election but before the last Tuesday in November 2013, and because Warner was not in the last year of her three-year term, Rendón must seek election this spring to remain on the School Board, according to state law.
Rendón, of 833 Lombard Ave. in Racine, filed candidacy papers Tuesday by Unified’s 5 p.m. candidate deadline. The three board members whose three-year terms end in April also filed papers. Those board members are Pamala Handrow, of 1601 Grand Ave. in Racine; Melvin Hargrove, of 4144 LaSalle St. in Racine; and Dennis Wiser, of 2517 Pinehurst Ave. in Racine.
Thomas Fineran, of 142 Perry Ave. in Mount Pleasant; Henry Perez, of 1017 Kentucky St. in Racine; and Jacqueline Pinager, of 1040 Villa St. in Racine, also filed papers.
The number of candidates means a primary is not needed. The regular election will be held April 1.
The three candidates that receive the most votes will fill the three three-year board terms available. The person who gets the fourth most votes will serve a one-year term, to represent the remainder of Warner’s term. That person will then be up for election again next spring, that time for a regular three-year term, according to Pat Meyer, an employee relations executive assistant for Unified.
Board members receive a salary of $3,600 annually.