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This November, only one local race for elected office will be contested — that for Village Council.

Tentatively, five villagers are running for three open seats on Council, according to the uncertified candidate list posted last week at the Greene County Board of Elections website.

Laura Curliss, James M. Johnson, Lisa Kreeger, Marianne MacQueen and Christine Monroe-Beard filed petitions for Village Council with the election board by the Aug. 7 deadline.

Curliss, Johnson and Monroe-Beard are newcomers to the race, while Kreeger and MacQueen are both incumbents running for a second and third term, respectively. Council member Kineta Sanford, appointed in December 2018 to fill the seat vacated by Judith Hempfling, is not running.

The top two vote-getters in the Council race will receive four-year terms; the other winning candidate will serve for two years.

The county board will certify the candidates at its upcoming meeting, Monday, Aug. 19.

Meanwhile, the races for local school board, mayor, Miami Township trustee and township fiscal officer will be uncontested:

• Pam Conine is running for her second two-year term as mayor.

• Sylvia Ellison is seeking a third four-year term on the school board.

• TJ Turner, who was appointed to serve a school board vacancy last year, is running for a school board seat.

• Miami Township Trustee Chris Mucher is running for trustee, a position he has held since 1996.

• Margaret Silliman is running for her sixth four-year term as Miami Township Fiscal Officer.

Local voters will also decide on a proposed change to the Village Charter. The change would lengthen the mayor’s term from two to four years, beginning in 2022, and extend voting on local offices and issues to local 16- and 17-year olds and noncitizens who are legal permanent residents.

Articles in the YS News over the next few weeks will cover the candidates and their positions along with varying views on the proposed charter change.


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