The Warren County School Board has a vacancy.

That’s the legal opinion of County Electoral Council attorney Nathaniel Schmidt.

He informed the board of directors of a situation with a Region II school board member who was elected last month, Chloe Shaffer, but has since declined to serve.

Schmidt told the board he had received an email from the district attorney asking for the electoral board’s position on the matter. He told the council that Shaffer communicated “that she intends to move” in one “A kind of sudden development for her. She does not intend to occupy this seat.

The question is not as simple as naming the second tallest voter.

Schmidt pointed out that Shaffer was a “Candidate until election day” and was certified as a winner. In light of this, “she became fundamentally entitled to occupy the seat early in her term.”

Withdrawals usually take place before an election; resignations after the start of the term. This puts this situation in a somewhat unique situation.

Schmidt said withdrawals are generally required at least 85 days before an election “To allow a party to propose a replacement.” “

“In this case,” he added, “She was a candidate. (She) can’t just walk out of an election. There is no provision in the Election Code according to which the second-placed vote-getter automatically arrogates to himself the right to hold that office.

He said it would be his recommendation that the post be considered vacant.

“By law, the school board now has the right to appoint the new principal to fill this position” he said.

Krystle Ransom of the Election Office noted that the appointee would serve a two-year term.

As for the Elections Office, there was really no action to take.

“The electoral council does not have to make this decision”, he said. “If someone challenged the way offices were sworn in, they would file a petition with the court. I am here to offer my advice to the board of directors and the public. This is how the electoral code works.

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