Two Longview school board seats are up for election this year, but only one board member will seek re-election.

Both J.D. Rossetti and Board President C.J. Nickerson’s seats will be up for election this year, but in a statement submitted to The Daily News Friday, Rossetti announced that he would not run again.

“At this time, I will not be seeking re-election to the Longview School District Board of Directors to dedicate and focus more time in prayer and communion with the Lord our God,” Rossetti’s statement reads.

“I will remain committed to community service especially as our Lord pours out a greater and deeper presence of the Holy Spirit in our region,” the statement continues. “It has been a pleasure to work together with the other school board directors, our staff, and our community partners.”

Rossetti, 35, said he plans to continue to engage of the business of the district through the rest of his term.

Members of the community called for Rossetti’s resignation from the board in February after he was tried and acquitted of a fourth-degree domestic violence charge in January.

Rossetti later made it clear that he would not step down from his position until his term was over. Although there were threats from community members to organize a recall vote, those seem to have never been acted upon.

Candidate filing week for Cowlitz County begins Monday and continues through Friday, May 19. This year 59 offices are open for election. They are mostly for school board, city council, port and fire district commissioner, flood control and sewer district commission positions. No countywide, statewide or national offices are at stake this year.

Board president C.J. Nickerson declined to comment on Rossetti’s statement, but he did say that he plans to seek re-election to another term.

“I finished my candidate statement today, and I plan on handing it in on Monday,” Nickerson said. “I enjoy what I’m doing, and I would like to keep doing it.”

Longview school board seats nonpartisan, four-year positions.

Other school districts will also have multiple seats up for election: Kelso’s board will have three seats, as well as Castle Rock, while Kalama, Woodland and Toutle will each have two board positions on the ballot.

There is no filing fee to run for a school board position, but there is for most other positions on the ballot. More information about filing and deadlines can be found at wei.sos.wa.gov/county/cowlitz.

Contact Daily News reporter Madelyn Reese at 360-577-2523

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