Ruml files petition to run for school board

Two seats up for election in 2021

Casting ballots
Voters cast their ballots during a 2011 election at Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary School in Mitchell. (Republic file photo)

The first nominating petition to run for the Mitchell Board of Education this year has been filed.

Shawn Ruml, of Mitchell, took out a petition on the first day that petitions could be taken out Monday and returned the petition Wednesday with the required number of signatures to qualify for the ballot. There are two seats up for election in 2021 — the seat held currently by Lacey Musick and the seat held currently by Neil Putnam.

Musick also took out a petition to run for the board of education earlier this week.

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 and would be held in conjunction with any city of Mitchell races.

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Erik Kaufman joined the Mitchell Republic in July of 2019 as an education and features reporter. He grew up in Freeman, S.D., graduating from Freeman High School. He graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1999 with a major in English and a minor in computer science. He can be reached at
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