With less than 20 days to deliver signatures, time is running out for those who wish to run for public office in Washington County to have their petitions signed and certified.
As of Friday, Beverly, Lowell and New Matamoras had filed no nominees for their open public affairs council seats, a four-year term.
Four council seats for each of the county’s villages are also open this fall, in New Matamoras, Beverly, Lowell, Lower Salem and Macksburg.
Twenty-four cantons with two open seats for directors also do not have certified candidates at this stage.
“I’ve been on this for over 10 years. “ smiled Jeffrey Anthony of Adams Township as he handed in his petition and signatures on Friday. “You will never be popular with everyone, but we try to do our best with the money we get.”
At a recent briefing hosted by Marietta City School Board President Russ Garrison, concerns were expressed about the lack of candidates for school board positions and there was not much time left to get the number required signatures on the November ballot.
“Two have filed three seats in the schools of the city of Belpre”, shared Mandy Amos, director of the Washington County Council of Elections. “And two of the three at Warren (local schools).”
Three seats are also open in schools in Marietta City, three for Caldwell Exempted, three for Fort Frye Local, three for Frontier Local, three for Morgan County Schools and two for Wolf Creek Local, each for four-year terms.
“Now some have taken petitions back, but there’s not a lot of time to get them back, and you want to make sure you’re getting more than the minimum just in case a signature can’t be verified to match. this voter “, said Amos.
Anthony recommends getting an extra set, just in case.
“Sometimes people’s signatures don’t match; I have about 40 or more, a little more to make sure ”, he said.
In addition, on July 23, Council of Elections staff will be outside the building for training, so between Monday and the deadline (August 4 at 4 p.m.), there are only 12 working days for file signatures during regular business hours.
“Our hours are from Monday to Friday from 8 am to 5 pm” Amos confirmed.
New taxes are also expected on the ballot this fall for the Township of Grandview to help with the upkeep of cemeteries and the Township of Watertown to help with road maintenance. Washington County commissioners are expected to hand over documents for the county’s 911 renewal tax, a five-year tax of $ 0.35 million.
Janelle Patterson can be reached at [email protected]