POMEROY — There will be no Primary Election in Meigs County this year since only two partisan candidates filed to go on the May ballot.
Becky Johnston, director of the Meigs County Board of Elections, said the names of the candidates will not be released until their petitions have been certified. One petition was for a seat on Pomeroy Council, the other for a seat on Racine Council.
While partisan candidates had until the Feb. 6 deadline to file, Independent candidates have until 4 p.m. Monday, May 6, to file their petitions. That is the day before a Primary Election is scheduled if one is required which this year in Meigs County is not due to a lack of same office competition.
If certified, the names of the two partisan candidates will go directly onto the November ballot along with the names of any Independents who file by the May deadline. The director did explain that if a Primary Election was to be held, those Independent filers would not have the option of voting partisan in the next day’s Primary.
The terms of four Council members in each of four of the villages, Middleport, Pomeroy, Syracuse and Racine, and one in Rutland expire this year. In addition to the Council seats to be filled, there are openings on the Syracuse Board of Public Affairs and Syracuse/Racine Sewer District.
As to the upcoming vacancies on village councils, those council members whose terms expire this year are as follows:
Middleport — Sandra Fultz Brown, Emerson Heighton, May Rae Moore and H.Craig Wehrung.
Pomeroy — Philip B. Ohlinger, Dru Reed (who is filling an unexpired term), Jackie Welker and Victor C. Young, III.
Syracuse — Mike Jacks, Michael R. VanMeter, J. P. Varian and Timothy “Bo” Willis.
Racine — Ron Clark, George Cummins, Dale Hart and Tim Hill.
Rutland — Marie Birchfield.
As for those who are in the final year of their term on the Board of Public Affairs, in Racine it is Bobby J. Dudding, and in Syracuse, Floyd A. Graham and Gordon Winebrenner.
On the Syracuse/Racine Sewer District Board, the term of Dale Hart will expire this year.
As for mayors in the five villages, all are in terms which end in 2015.