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Stafford School Board does not discuss Doreen Phillips' board status, and she does not attend Tuesday meeting

Date published: 10/10/2012


But anything dependent on that registration should be determined by a judge. A message left with the court was not immediately returned Tuesday.

Steve Albertson, vice chairman of the Stafford Electoral Board said that Riddlemoser consulted with the three members of the Electoral Board prior to sending letters to Phillips and the clerk of the School Board.

Albertson said, "It was our sense that we should tell someone."

They authorized the notice to the School Board, which was sent Oct. 1. Albertson said that the School Board needed to be informed prior to the circuit court.

"The circuit court has nothing to do with it until the School Board petitions them for a writ of election" to fill the vacant seat, he said.

"It is a fact when a person moves away, the seat is vacant. ," Albertson said. "With the info we had, it didn't seem to be the right thing to ignore it."

And if the School Board takes no action regarding Phillips' seat?

"If the School Board wants to let that go, that's the School Board's political decision," he said. "We've done our end. It's out of the Electoral Board's hands."

Phillips, 49, is in the middle of her second term. She first held the seat in 2006, and was re-elected in 2009. Her term ends in December 2013.

Between June and September, Phillips changed her address with the Department of Motor Vehicles, the U.S. Postal Service and the state Board of Elections, according to Riddlemoser's letter, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.

She had owned a home with her husband on Coakley Lane in Stafford from 2000 until it was sold in May, according to property records.

Phillips is listed as an owner of a home she bought in November on Altoona Drive in Fredericksburg. Phillips said last week that she is going through a divorce, along with other personal issues.

Staff reporter Katie Thisdell contributed to this story.

Lindley Estes: 540/735-1976
Email: lestes@freelancestar.com

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