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Government

Four in Village Council race

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Four candidates are running for three seats on Village Council this November.

Challengers Laura Curliss and James “Jim” Johnson and incumbents Lisa Kreeger and Marianne MacQueen were officially certified as candidates on Monday by the Greene County Board of Elections.

However, challenger Chrisitine Monroe-Beard, who had submitted a petition for Village Council, was not certified.

According to the Greene County Board of Elections, while Monroe-Beard needed 33 valid signatures on her petition, only 31 of the 46 signatures she submitted were valid.

The names were invalidated for several reasons, a representative from the board said, including that the signers were not registered voters, the address they provided did not match their registration, they lived outside the jurisdiction or they printed their name instead of signing it.

According to the Board of Elections, 12 of the 114 candidates who submitted petitions for elected office in Greene County this fall were not certified.

Reached for commment, Monroe-Beard wrote in a message that she was not upset. Instead, she was more concerned that those who believe they are registered aren’t, and possibly haven’t voted in a long time.

“I generally accept certain things as fate in my life and this is no different,” she wrote. “I am still very interested in being a voice on the Village Council so I will look to the future for that.”

A native of Yellow Springs, Monroe-Beard is the co-owner of Peach’s Grill and Ye Olde Trail Tavern, and the manager of the latter.

The other candidates for local offices were all certified. Running unopposed are  Pam Conine for Village mayor, TJ Turner and Sylvia Ellison for school board; Chris Mucher for Miami Township Trustee, and  Margaret Silliman for Township fiscal officer. In nearby Clifton, Alex Bieri is running for mayor and Sue Chasnov for clerk-treasurer.

The News will cover the candidates and their positions in a series of articles over the next few weeks.

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