The recent death of long-time local educator and respected school board member Ed Eveland has created a vacancy on the Board of Education of the Long Beach Unified School District. Eveland represented District 4, which includes East Long Beach, Signal Hill and Catalina Island. That school board seat is expected to be declared vacant next week and filled at a special election on Tuesday, June 10.
The Board of Education at its regular meeting next Tuesday is scheduled to act on a resolution calling for the special election. If approved, the deadline for candidates to file for the office will be Friday, March 14. In order to do so, a candidate must be a resident of District 4, a registered voter and at least 18 years of age.
The election will be conducted by the City Clerk’s Office of the City of Long Beach. City charter provisions require candidates to file nominating papers that include the signatures of at least 20 but no more than 30 registered voters who live in District 4.
Nomination forms will be available beginning Wednesday, March 5 at the Los Angeles County Registrar’s Office, 12400 E. Imperial Highway, Norwalk. There is no filing fee, but there is a charge for each candidate’s ballot statement. The cost is estimated to be $1,950 for printing the statement in English and Spanish.
Since this is a special election to fill the unexpired portion of Eveland’s term, whoever is elected will need to stand for election again in April 2004 in order to be considered for a full term. Members of the Board of Education are elected to four-year terms at regular elections.
Eveland, a veteran teacher, principal and district administrator, was serving his eleventh year on the Board when he died of a heart attack at age 76. Fifty years of his life were devoted to serving the local school system beginning as a teacher at Wilson High School in 1952. The popular official ran unopposed for election in 1992 and 1996 and was re-elected by a wide margin in 2000.