The vacant Sixth District school board seat will be included on the Aug. 5 general election ballot, Administrator of Elections Summer Leverette announced on Friday.
Although the qualifying period for the other races on that ballot has already ended, a qualifying period for the school board seat is now open and will end June 11 at noon. Those who qualify have until noon June 14 to withdraw.
The seat became vacant due to the surprise resignation of Mary Jo Johnson on Thursday night. Johnson, who had held the seat for 16 years, said she was tired and that the seat needed new blood.
Petitions and qualifying paperwork are available from the election office in the basement of the courthouse. In order to run for a school board seat, candidates must not only turn in the normal qualifying petition -- with 25 signatures from voters living in the district -- but also must show proof of a high school diploma or GED.
Bedford County Board of Commissioners can appoint a successor to serve from now until the August election. The candidate elected in August will serve out the remaining two years of Johnson's term.