Devon Haynie | The Journal Gazette

The Allen County Election Board received two filings for the November school board elections Wednesday, the first day candidates were able to file.

By the end of the day, the board had received filings from Terry Jo Lightfoot, a current board member in East Allen County Schools, and Chris Baker, a New Haven resident who plans to run for a seat on the same board.

Twelve school board slots in Allen County are up for election this year, and candidates have until noon Aug. 24 to file. This will be the first year that all school board elections are held in the November election.

Previously, many school board elections in Indiana took place during the May primary, when turnout is typically lower than in the general election. In Allen County, Fort Wayne Community Schools was the only district to have a November election for school board members.

But last summer, the General Assembly changed the rules in hopes of encouraging greater voter turnout.

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POSTED: 07/27/12 at 7:11 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools