Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose (Photo courtesy of the Ohio Secretary of State's office)
Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose (Photo courtesy of the Ohio Secretary of State's office)
Two individuals have filed as write-in candidates for Greenfield village council, with the write-in deadline for the Nov. 5 election recognized Aug. 26.

According to deputy director Heather Loudin, current Greenfield village council member Mark Clyburn is now a write-in candidate, as is Kyle Barr.

As previously reported, there will be three open council seats in the village of Greenfield, with the terms of current council members Bob Bergstrom, Chris Borreson and Clyburn set to expire. Former council member Brenda Losey and Mark Branham have also filed petitions to run for village council, while Bergstrom and Borreson are not seeking re-election.

An updated version of the original story on the Nov. 5 election follows.

The Highland County Board of Elections has officially certified the list of candidates and resolutions for the Nov. 5, 2019 election.

While there will be a contested race for the Hillsboro city council president seat, the previously announced race between Third Ward council appointee Patty Day and Democratic nominee Mark Middleton will not be on the Nov. 5 ballot.

When former council member Wendy Culbreath resigned in May, then-Highland County Elections Administrator Steve Witham told The Highland County Press the Republican appointee would be placed on the ballot for the Nov. 5, 2019 election to fill Culbreath’s unexpired term, “barring any disagreement from the Secretary of State’s office.” Day joined Hillsboro city council in July (with no official announcement from the Highland County GOP released to The Highland County Press), and the Highland County Democratic Party voted in July to approve Middleton as their candidate to run for the Third Ward seat this November.

The deadline for candidates to file petitions for the November election was Aug. 7. At that time, the unofficial list from the Board of Elections showed that Middleton had filed petitions — which were apparently accepted by the Board — but Day had not. 

According to the Highland County Board of Elections on Friday, Aug. 16, “there is no election for the Third Ward council seat, per ORC 731.43.” That section of the Ohio Revised Code reads: “Except as otherwise provided in this division, when the office of a member of the legislative authority of a city becomes vacant either because a member ceases to hold the office before the end of the member's term or because a member-elect fails to take office, the vacancy shall be filled for the remainder of the unexpired term by a person chosen by the residents of that city who are members of the county central committee of the political party by which the last occupant of that office or the member-elect was nominated. If the vacancy occurs in the office of a ward representative in a city where the political party which nominated the last occupant of that office is organized into a city controlling committee with more than one member from the ward where the vacancy exists, the members of the city controlling committee representing that ward shall choose the person to fill the vacancy.” 

The Highland County Press reached out to Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s office Aug. 13 for their official opinion. On Aug. 23, research analyst Nicholas Eippert replied that they “do not maintain records responsive to [the] request."

The Board of Elections also noted Friday, Aug. 16 that all of the candidates on the official list have been certified as candidates except for Hillsboro mayoral candidate Anton Weissmann, with the Secretary of State’s office being asked to make an opinion on Weissmann’s candidacy after a challenge hearing on Weissmann’s residency was held Thursday, Aug. 22. For more on that hearing, go to http://highlandcountypress.com/Content/In-The-News/In-The-News/Article/Challenge-hearing-for-former-building-inspector-s-residency-ends-in-split-vote-by-Board-of-Elections/2/20/52193.

The following is an overview who will appear on the ballot this November.

In the city of Hillsboro, Republican Justin Harsha will be the lone partisan candidate for mayor of Hillsboro. Harsha is currently a Hillsboro city council member and local business owner. 

Running as a write-in candidate for Hillsboro mayor is Philip Loveless, who also goes by the surname “Love.” Loveless told The Highland County Press he was running for mayor “so Harsha would not run unopposed.”

Whether Weissmann will also be running for mayor will be determined by the Secretary of State’s office.

The other contested race is the aforementioned Hillsboro city council president’s seat, completing the unexpired term of former councilman Lee Koogler, through Dec. 31, 2021. Current council president Thomas G. Eichinger, who was appointed by the Highland County Republican Party in April, will face Democratic nominee Jim Cameron. 

Also in the city of Hillsboro, there are three unopposed candidates: city auditor candidate Alex Butler, a Republican, who is running to replace current city auditor Gary Lewis; incumbent city law director Fred J. Beery, also a Republican; and Democrat Heather Young, who is running to fulfill the unexpired term of Patty Burns. As previously reported, Young was appointed in September 2018 by the Highland County Democratic Central Committee.

In non-partisan village races:

• For the village of Highland, there will be a contested race for mayor between Julia Crabtree and current Highland village council member Jeremy Kibbey. The current mayor is Darlene Ervin. There will also be two council members elected, with current council members Andrew Macken and Timothy Williams seeking re-election.

• The lone candidate for Leesburg mayor is current Leesburg councilwoman Shawn C. Priest, who is running to replace mayor Freddie Snyder. Three candidates for council will be running to fill two seats this November: Blythe Pelham, Rita J. Smith-Dalton and Kenneth W. Worley. Those council seats are currently occupied by Priest and Wesley Willey.

• Another council member seeking election as mayor is James A. Burton, a current Lynchburg councilman. Current Lynchburg mayor Terry Burden is not seeking re-election. For council, current council member Marty Bailey will run again, with Ken Eaglin seeking Burton’s spot on council.

• The only candidate filing petitions for the Village of Mowrystown is incumbent mayor Stephen M. Sheeley. No candidates have filed for the two open council seats.

• The mayoral position and two council seats are on this year’s ballot in Sinking Spring, but no candidates have filed.

For the nonpartisan township races:

• Brushcreek Township incumbent fiscal officer Betty McElwee will face Angela Crum.

• In Concord Township, current trustee Gary Shannon will face J.D. Ogden.

• In Fairfield Township, Kenny Stevens Jr. will run to fill the unexpired term of his father, Kenny Stevens Sr., who was township trustee from 1998 until his death this year.

• Incumbent Jackson Township fiscal officer Carleta L. Weyrich will be challenged by Pat Michael. 

• There are two contested races in Marshall Township, where Shane Flannery and David Garden have both filed petitions to run for trustee and John Abell and Melanie Phillips are both seeking election as fiscal officer. The incumbents for those positions — Jeff Patton and Sonya Blankenship, respectively — are not seeking re-election. 

• Current New Market Township fiscal officer Dick Barrera is running unopposed to replace trustee Nick Bare. Three candidates have filed to replace Barrera as fiscal officer: Susie Burns, Sara Surber and Darrell Warnock II. 

• Karen J. Rumbaugh has filed petitions for the Paint Township fiscal officer’s position, with incumbent Joshua Matthews not seeking re-election.

• John W. Henize is running unopposed for Union Township fiscal officer, with Peggy Hite not filing petitions.

• Incumbent Arthur Harless will face Gary W. Reno in a race for Washington Township trustee.

• The following townships have incumbent candidates running unopposed for their respective seats: Brushcreek Township trustee David L. Chaney; Clay Township trustee James P. Massey; Clay Township fiscal officer Pat Winkle; Concord Township fiscal officer Karen S. Schroder; Dodson Township trustee Marvin Resibois; Dodson Township fiscal officer Kristy Warner; Fairfield Township trustee Andy Caldwell; Fairfield Township fiscal officer Patrick A. Hagen; Hamer Township trustee Nathan D. Mootz; Hamer Township fiscal officer Kimberly A. Walker; Jackson Township trustee Jerry L. Miller, Jr.; Liberty Township trustee Ronald D. Ward; Liberty Township fiscal officer Kay Barrera; Madison Township trustee Daniel Mathews; Madison Township fiscal officer Sherri Beatty; Paint Township trustee Randy Mustard; Penn Township trustee Daryl Bumgarner; Penn Township fiscal officer Jason Davis; Salem Township trustee David L. Hamilton; Salem Township fiscal officer Jamie Wells; Union Township trustee Nathan Brown; Washington Township fiscal officer Vic Gall; Whiteoak Township trustee Fred Yochum; and Whiteoak Township fiscal officer Wayne Ferguson.

• For local school boards of education, which are also non-partisan races:

• Bright Local will elect three candidates, with incumbent Tammy Hauke seeking re-election, along with candidates John D. Gillespie and Jobey Lucas.

• Current Fairfield Local board members Ron Friend and Shawn Willey are seeking re-election, with John Welling running for the third seat currently occupied by Scott E. Bates (who did not file petitions).

• Voters in the Greenfield Exempted Village Schools district will select two candidates from a list of five individuals who have filed petitions. Jason Allison and Sandy Free are both seeking re-election and will face Greg Barr, Elizabeth Carson-Murphy and Eric R. Wise.

• For Hillsboro City Schools, two candidates will be elected. Tom Milbery and Bill Myers are running unopposed for re-election.

• There are four candidates for a total of three open seats on the Lynchburg-Clay board. Bobbie Jo Ernst and Brad Hess will be the incumbent candidates on the ballot, with April Flowers and Bret E. Malone also seeking election.

The Board of Elections also certified three resolutions for the November ballot:

• Clay Township will seek a renewal of their 0.5-mill, five-year levy to maintain and operate cemeteries.

• Lynchburg Area Joint Fire & Ambulance District is seeking a 1.2-mill, five-year replacement levy for fire protection and emergency medical services.

• Marshall Township is seeking a 3.9-mill, five-year replacement levy for fire protection.