A fourth candidate is now officially running to become Richmond’s next mayor.

David “Batman” Carpenter gathered the signatures required by law to join the November ballot as an independent candidate.

Carpenter initially filed as a Republican for the primary, but Wayne County’s election board upheld the Republican Party’s challenge regarding Carpenter’s prior voting record.

Carpenter faces Howard Price, who also recently successfully filed as an independent; Republican Ron Oler; and incumbent Mayor Dave Snow, a Democrat.  

Richmond’s ballot also includes six candidates running for three at-large common council seats. Democrats Claudia Edwards, Ron Itnyre and Carl Rhinehart are running against Justin Burkhardt, Jerry Purcell and incumbent Jane Bumbalough.

Two of the city’s district council seats are contested.

Republican Gary Miller is challenging incumbent Lucinda Wright, a Democrat, to represent District 2 in the city’s center.

And, District 5 incumbent Jeffrey Locke, a Democrat, faces a challenge from Republican Anne Taylor for District 5 on the city’s north side.

Meanwhile, those living in Wayne County’s towns have until Aug. 1 to file for council seats or clerk-treasurer positions.

For more information about seeking an office or registering to vote, call 765-973-9304.

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A version of this article appeared in the July 5 2023 print edition of the Western Wayne News.

Millicent Martin Emery is a reporter and editor for the Western Wayne News.