Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Candidates Want Voters Excited About School Board.

Byline: Diana Heil Journal Staff Writer

Some Santa Fe Public Schools candidates say they are envious of the hoopla surrounding the school board election in Albuquerque.

There, a business coalition donated more than $13,000 to its candidates of choice and spent $69,299 on election advertising spots. The money and attention from the business community has created a spotlight that keeps the election in the public eye.

Here, the Santa Fe County Chamber of Commerce has sent out school board election reminders to its members via electronic mail. The chamber, according to Simon Barkley, the vice president of public affairs, doesn't typically endorse candidates and just doesn't have the money to cast a bright spotlight on the election.

For several school board elections now, interest in being a candidate or casting a vote in Santa Fe has been lukewarm, even while feelings ran deep around the state's fourth-largest district's financial takeover by the state in 1998-99.

In the February 1999 board election, three seats in Santa Fe were open, but all candidates ran unopposed. …

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