Another Mitchell School District patron has taken out a nominating petition to run for a seat on the Mitchell Board of Education.

Reed Bender, of Mitchell, took out a nominating petition from the Mitchell School District business office Friday.

Bender, who has spoken out against the district’s facemask mandate at board of education meetings in the past and was once escorted by police from a board of education meeting for refusing to wear a mask on school property, is the fifth individual to take out a petition.

Bender was eventually indicted in the September incident and in January pleaded not guilty to obstructing law enforcement. The next hearing is scheduled for April 8.

Bender joins Debbie Emme, Dwight Stadler, Lacey Musick and Shawn Ruml in having taken out a nominating petition to run for the board. Ruml is the only one so far to take out a petition and file it with the school district business manager’s office.

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There are two seats on the five-member board up for election in 2021 - the seat held currently by Musick and the seat held currently by Neil Putnam, who is not running for re-election. Both seats are at-large bids, meaning those who file nominating petitions will vie for the same two seats, with the two candidates receiving the most votes filling the positions.

The filing deadline for nominating petitions is 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 30. Petitions may be taken out at the school business manager’s office.

If necessary, the 2021 Mitchell Board of Education election will take place Tuesday, June 8.