Local seats up for grabs in Election 2017


By Jason Hawk - jhawk@civitasmedia.com



With America’s presidential decision made, the starting gun is already firing on Election 2017.

Odd-numbered years mean local races, and there are plenty of Lorain County city, village, township, and school board leadership spots expiring next December — which means we can anticipate a year of campaigning by area incumbents and would-be officials.

Here’s what will be in voters’ hands in the Enterprise coverage area:

• Three Wellington village council seats, four-year terms: Up for vote are those held presently by Keith Rowland, Harold (Gene) Hartman, and Sandy Denes.

• Four Rochester village council seats, four-year terms: Held now by Andy Kurpely, Michelle Elbon, Kathy Zvara, and Laura Elbon.

• Two Wellington Township trustee seats, four-year terms: Those occupied now by Nancy Fisher and Fred Pitts.

• Two Pittsfield Township trustee seats, four-year terms: Held by Mark McConnell and Forrest Mohrman.

• Two Camden Township trustee seats, four-year terms: Held by James Hozalski and Gus Ristas.

• Two Brighton Township trustee seats, four-year terms: Currently held by Chris Stanfield and Steve Urbansky.

• Two Huntington Township trustee seats, four-year terms: Held by Jed Lamb and Walter Rollin.

• Two Penfield Township trustee seats, four-year terms: Held by Richard Conrad and Duane Johnson.

• Two Rochester Township trustee seats, four-year terms: Held by Adam Mourton and Gerald Cowie.

• And finally, three Wellington Schools board of education seats, four-year terms: Those presently held by Brett Murner, Sally Stewart, and Ayers Ratliff.

None of the above offices are partisan, so candidates won’t officially be identifying as Democrats, Republicans, or members of other parties.

That means they’ll skip the May 2 primaries and move right to the general election on Nov. 7, 2017.

The filing deadline is typically 90 days prior to the general election. However, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s office has not yet released a 2017 candidates’ guide putting that deadline in stone.

County elections workers say they’ve been unable to give would-be candidates a specific date in August by which they must file to run. There’s certainly already been interest, though, with many eager to get the necessary signatures required to appear on the ballot.

For more information on running for office, call the Lorain County Board of Elections at 440-326-5900.

Jason Hawk can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @EditorHawk on Twitter.

By Jason Hawk

jhawk@civitasmedia.com