The Highland County Board of Elections met Tuesday, Feb. 9, where all but one of the petitions submitted at the Feb. 3 filing deadline were certified.

There are no partisan elections or local questions and issues filed, so there will not be a primary May 4 in Highland County, according to David Tolliver of the Board of Elections.

As previously reported, the Highland County Board of Elections received petitions for Hillsboro city council and treasurer positions ahead of the deadline May 3 at 4 p.m. The only petition filed that was not certified was Republican candidate Daniel Baucher’s petition for Hillsboro city council’s Third Ward, which was ruled invalid due to an insufficient number of signatures.

The council at large race has the largest number of candidates filed, with five candidates filing petitions to fill three total seats. Current council members Patty Day and Gregory Maurer, both Republicans, were among those submitting petitions, along with Republican Jason Brown and Democratic candidates Shawn Captain and Patrick W. Young.

If re-elected, this would be a change in seat for Day, who currently represents Hillsboro’s Third Ward. She was appointed by the Highland County Republican Central Committee in 2019 to fulfill the unexpired term of former Third Ward councilwoman Wendy Culbreath, who resigned effective June 1, 2019.

Maurer is running for election for the first time, as he was sworn in as a councilman-at-large Jan. 26. Maurer was appointed to replace former city council member Dane Allard, who resigned in January. Allard had, in turn, replaced Justin Harsha as a councilman at large in January 2020 after Harsha was elected mayor.

Currently, the council members at large include Ann Morris, a Republican, and Mark Middleton, a Democrat, neither of whom filed petitions. Morris has served two terms on city council, while Middleton was appointed by the Democratic Central Committee in October 2020 to fill another unexpired term. Middleton replaced Brandon Leeth after his resignation, effective Oct. 1.

For council’s Second Ward, there are two new candidates filing petitions in Democrat Shannon Tise and Republican Don Storer. Current Second Ward representative, Republican Claudia Klein, has not filed for re-election.

Another contested race will be the Hillsboro treasurer position, where Republican Steven Conrad has filed petitions to face incumbent Heather Young, a Democrat.

Young was appointed by the Highland County Democratic Central Committee in September 2018 to replace former treasurer Patty Burns, who was elected in November 2017 but later accepted a position as consumer services clerk in the city water department. Young was later elected to the office to fill the unexpired term during the November 2019 election.

There are now no candidates listed for Council’s Third Ward, with Baucher’s petition not certified. As mentioned, this seat is currently held by Day, who is now running for council at large.

Three other incumbent council members look to run unopposed for their respective positions: council president Tom Eichinger and First Ward representative Adam Wilkin, both of whom are Republicans, and Fourth Ward representative Mary Stanforth, a Democrat.

Eichinger was appointed council president in April 2019, following the resignation of former president Lee Koogler. He was elected in November 2019 to fill the unexpired term.

Stanforth and Wilkin are each seeking re-election for a second term in office.