Those interested in local schools only have a few weeks to decide if they want to serve on their boards in 2025.

School board races have a different filing deadline for the Nov. 5 election than other public offices. 

Filing for school board opportunities began Tuesday, May 21, at voter registration offices inside county courthouses. Candidates must submit their paperwork by noon Thursday, June 20.

All five Wayne County public school districts will have at least three seats each on the fall ballot. 

The open seats are:

  • Centerville-Abington — District A, C, D (at-large)
  • Nettle Creek — District A, District C, two at-large seats 
  • Northeastern — District B, C, D
  • Richmond — District 1, 2, at-large 1 and 2 
  • Western Wayne — District A, B, D (at-large)

Town races

Hagerstown will elect a few town leaders later this year. They are clerk-treasurer, town court judge and town council member (three seats at-large).

Dublin will also elect town council members. Districts 3, 4 and 5 as they were known will be on the November ballot, but each candidate will run at-large. 

Candidates interested in those opportunities need to file by noon Thursday, Aug. 1. If there are more candidates representing one party than seats available, the party will need to conduct a town nominating convention by Aug. 21. 

County/state races

During May’s primary, Republicans chose their candidates for Wayne County’s clerk of courts, coroner, surveyor, treasurer, commissioners for District 2 and 3, at-large council members, Superior Court I judge, and Indiana House District 56. 

However, Democrats and write-in candidates have until noon July 3 to file to run against the Republicans in the November election. Libertarians must conduct a county convention by noon that day as well. 

Independent or minor party candidates have until noon July 1 to file their petition of nomination for verification of petition signatures.

Candidate information

For more information about candidate opportunities, call 765-973-9304, email or visit the voter registration office on the second floor of Wayne County’s courthouse, 301 E. Main St., Richmond. Hours are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays. 

Voter registration 

Residents who didn’t register to vote in the spring may do so for the fall election by midnight Oct. 7. 

Those who plan to vote absentee in November can find and submit applications at or request one from their county clerk’s office. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Oct. 24. Call 765-973-9226 for more information. 

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A version of this article appeared in the May 22 2024 print edition of the Western Wayne News.

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