The early throes of election season are coming to Mount Sterling today, when petitions to appear on the ballot will be made available.
This November, four council members’ seats as well at the remaining term on the mayor’s seat will be up for grabs.
The current council members whose seats are on the ballot are Rebecca Burns, Jim Davis, Mary Lou Stiverson-Ratliff and Diane Spradlin. The seats are on four-year terms.
The mayor’s seat is also set to be on the ballot as the current mayor, Lowell Anderson is only on the seat due to the resignation of Charlie Neff last February. The seat still has two years left on the term
Candidacy is limited to those within the village limits and candidates must be at least age 18.
Candidates’ petitions require 10 signatures of eligible and registered voters within the village. They are also required to make sure all information is filled in, including the end of the term, accurately.
According to Ohio law, failure to provide the correct term-ending date on a petition for an unexpired term, such as the Mount Sterling mayor’s seat, will result in the petition being invalidated.
The petitions can be picked up between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday from the Madison County Board of Elections office at 1423 State Route 38 in London, or printed from the Ohio Secretary of State’s website at bit.ly/2q61iw2.
They are due at the Board of Elections office on Aug. 9 at 4 p.m.
A vacant council seat, Anderson’s original seat as president pro-tem of council, is not up for election at this time.
According to Ohio law, so long as he is acting mayor, Anderson has discretion to fill the seat and can choose not to in order to resume his own term on council after a new mayor is elected. He has not said which way he would go.
Should Anderson run for mayor and win, council would be able to appoint someone to the vacant seat. If he doesn’t run or would lose a hypothetical bid for the seat, he could return to the council seat.
Maximilian Kwiatkowski can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1617 or on Twitter @MSFKwiat.