Local election filing deadline is Aug. 12

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By Jonna Spelbring Priester

General Manager

With less than a week to go before the filing deadline for local elections, 13 county residents have filed to run for local offices.

The deadline to file to run for local elections is Aug. 12 at 4 p.m.

Two seats on the Eminence Board of Education are up for election, as are three on the Henry County Board of Education and all city council and commission seats.

That makes 25 local seats up for election, for which just 13 people already have filed.

Eminence Board of Education incumbents Ben Coomes and Danny Fisher both filed for reelection and that board’s two open seats.

On the Henry County Board of Education, District 1 incumbent John W. Smith Jr., District 3 incumbent Danny Chisholm, and District 4 incumbent Donnie Tipton all have filed for reelection.

For the Eminence City Council, which has had an undeniably contentious term since the last election, just two residents have filed to run, and neither are incumbents. Howard Roberts and Tom Ferguson are the only residents to file for that council’s six seats by press time.

Two New Castle residents, Tommy Lane Pollard and Charlie Sevier, have registered to run for the city’s four seats.

And in Pleasureville, incumbents Gary Grisby, Victor Harrod and R.L. Wilson and Victor D. Harrod have filed, along with Sandra K. Woods. That commission also has just four seats on its commission.

As of press time, no Campbellsburg residents have filed for that city’s six commission seats.

Residents who are interested in running for office need to pick up a nominating petition and appointment of campaign treasurer, or optional request for reporting exemption, forms from Henry County Clerk Juantia Lashley. Applicants will need signatures for the nominating petition, for which most races require two signatures from residents of the district for the office being sought.

All paperwork must be returned by 4 p.m., Aug. 12, along with the filing fee. For Eminence City Council, the fee is $50. For all other local races, the fee is $20.

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