Filing season is over for the Mount Sterling election and about 12 people have filed petitions for various candidacies on the November ballot.
None of the ballot petitions are certified just yet due to a lengthy certification process. It is not expected to be completed until Aug. 21. However, records of who took petitions and who submitted are currently available.
Petitions for the mayor’s seat have been submitted by current Council member Diane Spradlin, President of Madison County Future CIC and former village worker Dusty Parker and William F. Martin.
Becky Martin, a local entrepreneur seems to have picked up a petition but records do not indicate she filed.
For the Council seats, Tom Ward, a known critic of the current government, has submitted a petition as well as Tammy Vansickle.
Rebecca Burns was the only incumbent who filed.
Mark Stage, Eric Parker and John Darlington requested petitions but do not appear to have submitted.
On Nov. 8, four council members’ seats as well at the remaining term on the mayor’s seat will be on the ballot.
The current council members whose seats are on the ballot are Burns, Spradlin, Jim Davis and Mary Lou Stiverson-Ratliff. 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.
One vacant council seat, Anderson’s original position when he was 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.
Maximilian Kwiatkowski can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1617, or on Twitter @msfkwiat.