Petitions certified for Nov. election

POMEROY — The Meigs County Board of Elections met Monday to certify candidate petitions for the November 2017 general election.

The board approved all but one of the petitions which were submitted prior to the Aug, 9 deadline.

The lone petition rejected by the board was that of David Acree who had filed for the Southern Local Board of Education. In discussion by the Board during the meeting, it was stated that Acree had only 20 valid signatures on his petition when 25 were needed for certification. Acree had submitted the minimum of 25 signatures, but five were not valid due to not being a valid registered address or being illegible.

In addition, one petition was withdrawn from consideration prior to Monday’s meeting. Mony Wood had filed for the Athens-Meigs Educational Service Center Board for Southern Local, but withdrew his petition due to it needing to be filed in Athens County as that is where the administrative portion of the agency is located. Board of Elections Director Angela Robson said Wood plans to file in Athens County as a write-in prior to the Aug. 28 deadline.

With the filed petitions either certified or denied, there are positions (councils and school board) which currently do not have enough candidates to fill all of the vacant seats.

In the village of Middleport, including write-in candidates, there are three people running for four seats. Likewise, the villages of Racine and Rutland only have three candidates each for the four council seats.

For the Southern Local Board of Education, there are only two candidates for the three seats.

The deadline for write-in candidates to file is Aug. 28.

Petitions certified were as follows:

Township Trustee (two to be elected)

Beford — Shawn Hawley, Eldon Leon Sauters and Bob Jones.

Chester — Jeromee Calaway, Paul Morrison, James Hawthorne and Alan Holter.

Columbia — Marco Jeffers, Gary Carr, Thomas A. Smith Sr. and Don Cheadle.

Lebanon — Gary Cooper, Vincent Gray, Gerrad Perry, David Rose and Donald Dailey.

Lebanon (unexpired term end 2019) — Matthew Evans.

Letart — Dave Graham and Michael Roush.

Olive — Austin Bailey, William Osborne, L. Brian Collins and Larry Life.

Orange — Michael Guess, Chad Nelson and Roger Ritchie.

Rutland — Jamie Fortner, David Davis and Steve Lambert.

Salem — Jack Ervin, Eddie Howery and H. Dannie Lambert.

Salem (unexpired term end 2019) — Rebecca Johnston.

Salisbury — Bill Spaun and Robert Ball.

Scipio — Tammy Andrus and Roger Cotterill.

Sutton — Howard “Buddy” Ervin, Joseph Nottingham, James (Tony) Carnahan, Adam Johnson, Alan Crisp and Larry Smith.

Village Council (four to be elected)

Middleport (May filing deadline) — Sharon Older; (write-in candidates: Carolyn French and Brian Conde).

Pomeroy — Nicholas Michael, Victor Young III, Brian Young, Thomas Proffitt and Philip Ohlinger.

Racine — Ashli Peterman, Ian Wise and Robert Beegle.

Rutland — Stephanie Dillon, Kip Grueser and Kimberly Wilford.

Syracuse — Barry McCoy, David Poole, Michelle White, Eber Pickens Jr. and Tom Weaver; (write-in) Casey Pickens.

Village Mayor

Pomeroy (unexpired term end 2019) — Don Anderson

Board of Education

Eastern (two to be elected) — Sammi Mugrage and Amanda Reed.

Meigs (two to be elected) — Heather Hawley, Jayson Tillis, Ryan Mahr and Steven Vance.

Southern (three to be elected) — Dennis Teaford and Brenda Johnson.

Levies and Issues

Levies and Issues approved by the Secretary of State’s Office for ballot placement are as follows:

Meigs County Sheriff’s Office and Correctional Facility — 2.95 mill, new levy with the intent to sell bonds for the construction and operation of the proposed 71-bed correctional facility and administrative offices.

Meigs County Senior Center (Council on Aging) — 1.6 mill additional levy. This levy will replace two expiring levies, valued at 1.1 mill and .5 mill, which expire at the end of this year, according to Executive Director Beth Shaver.

Meigs County District Public Library — 1 mill renewal for current expenses. This levy was first approved by voters in 2012.

Rio Grande Community College — 1 mill replacement. This levy would replace a levy approved by voters in the mid-1970s, bringing the tax collected to current property values, rather than the values from the 1970s.

Pomeroy Village — Current Expenses, 1.9 mill renewal; Fire Protection, 1 mill renewal.

Syracuse Village — Current Expenses, 1 mill renewal; Police Protection, 2 mill renewal; Electric Aggregation.

Chester Twp. — Fire Protection, 2 mill replacement.

Sutton Twp. — Current Expenses, 0.4 mill additional.

Columbia Twp. — Road Maintenance, 1.2 mill renewal.

Olive Twp. — Road Maintenance, 2 mill renewal.

Rutland Twp. — Cemetery Operations, 1 mill renewal.

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By Sarah Hawley

Sarah Hawley is the managing editor of The Daily Sentinel.