Lassen Community College trustee ballots have arrived

Lassen County voters have until Tuesday, May 7 to cast their ballots in the Lassen Community College Board of Trustees vote-by-mail election, and the ballots are out and in the voters’ hands.

In order to be counted, ballots must be postmarked by Tuesday, May 7 and delivered to the Lassen County Clerk’s Office within three days after that.

Voters also may return their ballots to the clerk’s office, located in the historic Lassen County Courthouse between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Election Day, Tuesday, May 7.

Five candidates vie for two seats on the board of trustees — incumbent Sophia Wages, Alan Siemer Melanie Westbrook, Bobby James “BJ” Hubbard and Veree Madden.

The Times does not endorse political candidates or political issues, but we did publish statements from each of the candidates on page 16B of the Tuesday, April 16 issue of the newspaper so our readers may make an informed decision on election day.

The college’s board of trustees — seven elected members representing five areas of the district along with a student trustee — serves as the governing body of the district.

The board meets monthly in a public forum held at 5:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in the boardroom on campus. If necessary, a second meeting is held of the fourth Tuesday of the month. The superintendent/ president of the college serves as the board’s secretary.

According to the board’s website, the board’s goals are to “provide governance, leadership, integrated planning and accountability structures and processes to effectively support the learning environment while ensuring responsible stewardship of public trust and resources.”

The board’s mission: “Lassen Community College provides outstanding programs for all pursuing higher education goals. The core programs offer a wide range of educational opportunities including transfer degrees and certificates, economic and workforce development and basic skills instruction. The college serves diverse students, both on campus and in outreach areas in its effort to build intellectual growth, human perspective and economic potential.”

While the college and the board strive to attain these goals and missions, that responsibility falls squarely on the shoulders of the members of the board of trustees.

And the responsibility of who sits on the board of trustees rests squarely upon the shoulders of the voters, the residents of the Lassen College Community District.

We encourage you to take the time to consider the candidates seeking office, make your decision and return your ballot to the Lassen County Clerk.

Our government — from top to bottom — only functions as well as the people we elect to office. We believe it’s every voter’s obligation to educate themselves on the candidates and the issues and cast a ballot in each and every election.

This race for the Lassen Community College Board of Trustees is no exception.

We encourage each of you to do your part and ensure the best two candidates will take the seats available on the board.

Thank you for your time, consideration and vote.