CC council member resigns; 1 files so far for school boards
The town council ballot has been set for Hagerstown and Fountain City; Cambridge City now has a mid-year council vacancy; and one candidate has filed to run for a local school board seat.
Fountain City voters will see the names of three candidates who filed for two town council seats before Friday’s deadline. They are Michael A. Gray, Steve Clark and Sue (Mullins) Bromagem.
In Hagerstown, no one filed to run against two incumbents, Donnie Benedict and Brian Longbons.
Even though all five Wayne County’s school districts have some school board seats on the ballot this fall, there was not a surge of filings in the first three days when candidates could file.
As of Friday, Brad Lambright had filed to run again for an at-large seat for Centerville-Abington.
The filing deadline for school board candidates is noon, Aug. 26.
Indiana School Boards Association offers a memo outlining the requirements for prospective school board candidates at web.isba-ind.org/news/NewsArticleDisplay.aspx?articleid=1090.
Prospective school board candidates must file forms that are available from county clerks’ offices or on the Indiana Election Division’s website at www.in.gov/sos/elections/candidate-information/ with their county voter registration office.
School board seats in this election include:
>> Centerville-Abington: At-large held by Lambright; District B held by Susan Hamilton
>> Northeastern: At-large held by Dr. Alice Johnson; District A (Green Township), held by Nick Clevenger
>> Nettle Creek: At-large held by Marcie Houghton and Shaun Lieberman; District B held by Cody Sankey
>> Richmond Community Schools: Two at-large seats held by Keith Morey and Jeff Slifer; District C on west side, held by Kristen Brunton.
>> Western Wayne: At-large held by Phil Pflum; District C held by Dennis Feller
Councilman resigns; election change discussed
Nathan Riggs has submitted his resignation from Cambridge City Town Council, effective Aug. 1. He told council members at their July 27 budget meeting that he wanted to spend more time with his young family. They wished him well.
During the special meeting, council discussed the possibility of moving the town’s election from odd-numbered years, when there are no state or national races. Instead, voters would choose town officials during even-year general elections when voters already would be going to polls.
Making that change could save the town money and possibly encourage more voters to turn out since more races would be on the ballot.
To make a change to the town’s election cycle for next year, the council must to adopt an ordinance this year that provides that all town officials elected in 2023, such as council members and the clerk-treasurer, would serve an initial three-year term, Tara Pegg from Wayne County’s voter registration office said. The successors of all town offices would then be elected every four years.
Dublin recently changed its town election cycle to coincide with general elections.