The Board of Elections held its bi-annual restructuring meeting last week. Representing the Republican Party are Daniel P. Davies, Jr., who has two more years left in his term, and newly reappointed member Carol M. Cremeans. Representing the Democratic party are Chairperson Robert E. Jenkins, who’s term ends in 2012, and Burnett.
Jeffrey A. Halley and Dale Whitt were also reappointed as director and deputy director, respectively. Halley has served as director since 1996, while Whitt has served as deputy director since 2008.
Board members are appointed by the Secretary of State after being recommended by their respective parties and the director and deputy director are appointed by the board members.
The board of elections is governed by Ohio Revised Code section 3501.
According to Halley, all of the Gallia County candidates have been certified and the final date for someone to file for the primary as an Independent is May 3 at 4 p.m.
To date, all local candidates are running unopposed with the exception of the Republican race for the Gallia County Commissioner’s seat. Harold G. Montgomery and David K. Smith, both former commissioners, will face off in the May 4 primary to represent their party.
The other candidates are: Larry M. Betz (R), auditor; D. Dean Evans (R), Common Pleas Judge; Floyd E. Wright (D), state central committee; Darla Saunders (D), auditor; and Jason L. Sherrill (D), county commissioner.
Filing for Gallia County Democrat Central Committee with their respective precincts are: Robert E. Jenkins, City 1; Shawn E. Saunders, City 2; Lori A. Young, City 3; Janet Cardwell, City 4; Eugene Canaday, City 5; Claude B. Burnett, Addison Precinct; Bruce Davidson, Addison Twp.; Carole Roush, Cheshire Twp.; John G. Burnett, Kanauga; Jack L. Northup Jr., Gallipolis Twp.; Gwendolyn Doss, Clay Precinct; Charlotte Seamon, Clay Twp.; J. Craig Strafford, Green 2; Floyd Wright, Green 3; Sharon L. Saunders, Green 4; Noel F. Massie, Green 5; Raymond C. Matura, Green 6; Jeffery J. Fowler, Guyan Twp.; Jack W. Slone, Harrison Twp.; Margaret Stevens, Huntington Precinct; George Twyman, Huntington Twp.; Johnnie Russell, Morgan Twp.; Ed Clary, Ohio Twp.; Larry A. Fallon, Perry Twp.; Sharon Tackett, Springfield 1; Patricia A. Sprague, Springfield 2; Loma K. Higley, Bidwell; Robert L. Ruff, Centerville; Larry L. Shong, Raccoon Twp.; Darrell C. Baker, Walnut Twp.
No Democratic candidate filed for Greenfield Twp., Guyan Precinct, Springfield 3 or Rio Grande.
In the primary race for Gallia County Republican Central Committee, both Steven R. Betz and Virginia Ann Daniels have filed for the Centerville precinct.
Filing for the Gallia County Republican Central Committee with their respective precincts are: David C. Evans, City 1; G. Richard Brown, City 2; James R. Allen, City 3; Judy A. Jones, City 4; Richard S. Barcus, City 5; Wayne E. Clonch, Addison Twp.; Charla J. Whobrey, Addison Precinct; Richard W. McFann, Cheshire Twp.; Lynn E. Angell, Clay Precinct; Kennison Saunders, Clay Twp.; Daniel T. Casey, Kanauga; James P. Baird, Gallipolis Twp.; Harold G. Montgomery, Green 1; Richard C. Houck, Green 2; Brent A. Billings, Green 3; Daniel P. Davies, Green 4; Carlos P. Wood, Green 5; Harla J. Eutsler, Green 6; Charles E. Chambers, Greenfield Twp.; Roger Watson, Guyan Twp.; Paul Rossiter, Guyan Precinct; Amanda D. Corey, Harrison Twp.; Samuel G. Sowards Jr., Huntington Precinct; Benjamin R. Hash, Morgan Twp.; Michael Daines, Ohio Twp.; James C. Blair, Perry Township; Joseph P. Di Santis, Raccoon Twp.; Earl G. Morgan, Rio Grande; Troy S. Johnson, Springfield 1; Donald L. Denney, Springfield 2; David W. Roush, Springfield 3; William P. Skidmore, Bidwell; Keith Carter, Walnut Twp.
No Republican candidate filed for Huntington Township.
Absentee ballots will be available starting March 30 through the month of April.