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Last updated 12:34AM ET
December 16, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
Durango School Board Election Likely To Be Cancelled
(2007-10-16)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: The Durango School Board Election will apparently be cancelled, after one of two candidates in the only contested race was killed in a motorcycle crash last weekend.
KSUT's Victor Locke reports.

VICTOR: The death Sunday of 49-year old Colorado State Patrol Trooper Mark Dold of Durango has shocked many in this community.
Dold was killed Sunday morning when his motorcycle collided with a deer then veered off Highway 550 north of Ridgway, and down an embankment.
Dold was perhaps better known for the articles he'd often write for the Herald on police and safety issues.
More recently, he was known as a candidate for an open seat on the Durango District 9R school board, along with former high school welding coach Padraig Lynch, in the only contested seat.
Durango 9R Superintendent Mary Barter says Dold was well known to school district personnel as a person who had the good of children and community before him.
BARTER: I KNOW THAT HE WAS RUNNING FOR THE BOARD OF EDUCATION BECAUSE HE THOUGHT IT WAS ANOTHER ARENA WHERE HE COULD CONTRIBUTE, SO AH, WE'RE VERY SADDENED AT HIS LOSS IN GENERAL AND OF COURSE WE'RE ALSO SADDENED THAT WE WON'T HAVE HIS CONTRIBUTION TO THE SCHOOL BOARD.
Ballots are set to be mailed to voters on Wednesday.
Dold's death left attorneys with Durango Schools and the Colorado Association of School Boards, as well as LaPlata County election officials, scrambling Monday to figure out what to do.
Barter says state law stipulates that if a candidate dies prior to the election, but after ballots are printed, as is the case here, and the election proceeds, any votes cast for that candidate cannot be counted.
Plus, she says state law says an election with no contested seats must be cancelled no later than 30-days before the election date.
BARTER: IT IS NOT CLEAR WHO OR WHEN YOU CAN CANCEL AN ELECTION IN THIS CASE.
Barter says attorneys with both the school district and school board's association researched the question.
BARTER: AND THEY BOTH FELT THAT A DECISION IN THIS CASE RESTS EITHER WITH THE COUNTY CLERK OR THE BOARD OF EDUCATION, AND THAT IT COULD PROBABLY PROPERLY GO EITHER WAY.
So Durango School board members will meet in special session tomorrow morning at 8:15 at the administration building, just hours before ballots with the name of Mark Dold are delivered to the post office, to decide whether to cancel the election.
Reached for comment, Padraig Lynch says his heart goes out to Mark Dold's wife and children.
He feels bad for the family and was looking forward to the campaign.
Now, he'll wait to see what the school board decides Wednesday.
From KSUT, Four Corners Public Radio, I'm Victor Locke.
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