Council race heats up
- Published: July 23, 2015
Six candidates have thrown their hats in the ring, or indicated interest, for the upcoming race for three open seats on Village Council. The election takes place Nov. 3. There are also two open seats on the Yellow Springs school board and two on the Miami Township Trustees.
Interested villagers still have two weeks to pick up petitions at the Greene County Board of Elections and return them by Aug. 5 at 4 p.m. Candidates need to get the signatures of 1 percent of the electorate, and for Yellow Springs Council, that’s 31 signatures. Candidates for school board and the Trustees each need 25 signatures.
Newcomers in the Council race are Adam Abraham, who is the VISTA Americorps volunteer for Home, Inc.; Chrissy Cruz, a local baker and member of the Human Relations Commission, or HRC; former Council President Judith Hempfling; and Dean Pallotta, owner of Dino’s Cappucinos, who has picked up a petition but not yet decided to run. Steve McQueen, who had taken out a petition to run, is not eligible because he does not live in the village limits.
The newcomers join incumbents Gerry Simms and Marianne MacQueen, who are running again. Current Council Vice President Lori Askeland has announced that she’s not running again.
For school board, only two candidates, incumbents Sean Creighton and Sylvia Ellison, have joined the race.
Longtime Township Trustee Chris Mucher is running for his fifth full term of office, and will be joined in the race by newcomer Zo Van Eaton Meister. Lamar Spracklen is running to fill out the term of the late John Eastman.