Ballots go in the mail on Monday for the school election. Ballots must be returned by May 6. Only voters who live in the affected districts will receive ballots.
School District 2 has three open seats. Two of those seats — which represent the east side of the Heights with a portion of downtown, and the outlying areas that feed into SD2’s high schools — are contested. The final seat, representing the Billings South Side, has one candidate.
Susan Layton and Eric Olsen have filed to run in Zone B, which covers the areas south and west of Billings. That seat is currently held by Travis Smith, who chose not to run for re-election.
Zone B includes non-SD2 elementary schools, like Blue Creek, Elder Grove and Elysian. The Lockwood area is Zone A, and it’s represented by Teresa Stroebe, whose term expires next year.
Elsewhere in the district is the race for Zone 2, which encompasses the east side of the Heights and downtown Billings.
The incumbent, Janna Hafer, was appointed to the seat in July after Trustee Pam Ellis resigned earlier in the year. Because Ellis’ term expired this year, Hafer is required to run to keep the seat.
Running against her is Virgil Middendorf. Like Hafer, Middendorf had applied for Ellis’ seat last summer when the board sought a replacement. He and Hafer were the only two applicants.
Running to represent the South Side is Tanya Ludwig. The race had one other candidate early on, but she dropped out in late February after starting a new job.
The current trustee, Travis Kemp, chose not to seek re-election.
There also are elections for trustee seats in Lockwood and Laurel.
Mike Longbottom, Dale Ahrens and Roy D. Voss are running in Laurel School District 7-70.
Katherine Luhman and Joseph Borstrom are running in Lockwood School District 26.