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With the presidential and congressional elections in the past, it now comes the time for voters to turn their thoughts to more local issues – specifically city, town, school board and other races – closer to home.
The bulk of the issues on the Fayette County ballot, to be voted on Tuesday, April 6, will see the largest grouping of candidates running for school boards in the county, while four municipalities have contested races for mayor or village president.
Following are the races for municipalities.
In Vandalia, four candidates are vying for the voters’ favor for the office of city clerk, following the announcement of 24-year City Clerk Peggy Bowen that she will not seek a seventh term.
In order of their appearance on the ballot are Cinde Carroll, Barri Forehand, Carla Huhn and Kara Metzger.
Long time incumbent Mayor Ricky Gottman faces a challenge from Alex Sasse. Gottman is seeking his fifth term in that position, while Sasse is a newcomer.
Only one aldermanic seat is being challenged as incumbent “Andy” Lester faces a challenge from newcomer Jeremy Curll in Ward 4. Those running unopposed for alderman are incumbent Steve Barker in Ward 1, newcomer Kenny Lewey in Ward 2 (filling a vacancy by Dorothy Crawford who decided not to seek re-election), and Michael T. Hobler, for Ward 3.
In Ramsey, incumbent Mayor Chris Wall is seeking re-election in that office. Standing in his way is challenger Alina Braning.
Also open on the ballot is the position of Village Clerk, however there has been no one who filed to seek election to that office.
A full slate of candidates is also not available for the position of village trustee, as only two have filed for the three seats available. Running are Julie Moreland and Steve Marley. Three write-ins have declared their intentions in running for the seats as well. They are Heather Seaton, Bryan Williams, and Shana Eller.
All on the ballot in Brownstown should be elected to the positions they are seeking .
Incumbent Village President Virginia Wilber is unopposed for that race. Two residents, Billie Enlow and Bonnie Petersen, seek two of three seats open on the village board. The third seat will be appointed following the election. An unexpired two-year term will also need to be appointed.
In St. Elmo, H. L. Myers and Kimberly Baron are both seeking election to the office of mayor. Myers is the current mayor of the city.
The slate for city clerk remains unfilled for the city, however Rebecca Werner has filed her write-in candidacy with the County Clerk Jessica Barker. Mary E. Magnus is the lone candidate for city treasurer.
All on the ballot for alderman are unopposed. They are Sandra Mace, Ward 1; Kenneth Gammon, Ward 2, and Robert Wells, Ward 3. Danielle Fontaine is the candidate running to fill an unexpired two-year term in Ward 2.
In Farina, incumbent mayor and former trustee Jon Lotz seeks reelection to his office. He is being challenged by Marsha Nolan.
Also contested are three open seats on the village board of trustees. There are four candidates seeking election – Darren Langley, Craig Holmes, Tammy Sigrist, and Ed Blomberg.
For the Village of St. Peter, John L. Lotz is unopposed to retain his seat for mayor.
For trustee, there are two candidates running for three seats – Douglas P. Shafer and S. Matt Hoover. The newly elected council will fill the third seat.
There is no candidate for village clerk.
In Bingham, three candidates for five elected offices are running unopposed, with the exception of one write-in candidate for village president.
Mayor Clifford Snider is seeking to remain as the village’s village president, and appears on the ballot. However Leroy Longwell has declared his intention to also run for the position as a write-in candidate. For village clerk, Michelle White is unopposed.
Danny White is the sole candidate one of three seats open on the village board. The other two seats will be appointed following the election.