Election Update 12-10

There will be changes to Richland County's governing body following the April General Election.

As of this Wednesday afternoon, three current Richland County Board Supervisors have filed non-candidacy papers with the clerk. Those individuals are Tom Crofton in District #3, Lewis Van Vliet in District #5, and Larry Jewell in District #8. There are also four Supervisory Districts where the incumbent will potentially be opposed by at least one challenger next spring. County Board Chair Jeanetta Kirkpatrick has filed her Declaration of Candidacy in District #1. Thomas Simonson of Viola has also filed candidacy papers for District #1. Incumbent Gaylord Deets has filed papers to run again in District #2. Bryan Myers has also filed for a possible run for the District #2 seat on the County Board. Donald Seep has officially declared his interest for another term in District #4. Sandra Kramer of rural Cazenovia has also filed candidacy papers for District #4. Finally, in District #17 on the Richland County Board, Supervisor James Lewis has taken steps for another run next spring. Steve Williamson of Blue River has also filed to run in District #17.

Richard McKee of rural Richland Center has filed paperwork for a run in District #5 – the district being vacated by Lew Van Vliet. All but three other incumbents on the Richland County Board have filed Declarations of Candidacy for another term. Those that have not at last word were Bob Bellman in District #11, Dave Turk in District #13, and Junior Marshall in District #21. It's important to note that none of the candidates have yet filed the “Nomination Papers” with the required 20 signatures from eligible citizens within their respective district. Once that step is completed and the signatures are verified, the individuals will officially be added to the April 6th ballot.

Candidates for Richland Center's city government have begun coming forward. Alderperson Susan Fruit in District #1 has filed non-candidacy. Diane Cox has begun circulating nomination papers for a run in District #1. Incumbent Alderperson Jay Mueller has also begun circulating papers in District #2. District #3 incumbent Judy Shireman is circulating papers. Also filing official interest in District #3 is John Collins. Alderperson Mike Kaufman has returned Nomination Papers with the required number of signatures, and will be an official candidate on the ballot in District #4. Finally, incumbent mayor Paul Corcoran has filed the Declaration of Candidacy papers and is in the process of circulating nomination papers for another run at that post.

The latest updates from area school districts...

The Weston District has three 3-year school board seats up for election in the Spring. Norman Klingaman and David Wermund in Areas #1 and #6 respectively have filed notifications of non-candidacy. Area #7 on the Weston School Board will also be decided. The incumbent in that seat is James McGlynn.

All three incumbents on the River Valley School Board have filed for another term. They are Paul Cummings in Area #3, Sara Young in Area #6, and John Bettinger in Area #9.

The Ithaca School District has two 3-year seats up for election in the spring. They are in Area #4 – a seat currently held by Diane Mueller – and an At Large seat that is currently held by Steve Louis.

The Riverdale School District has three school board positions available. They are Area #1, which is currently represented by Davina Meckley; Area #5, now represented by Dave McHenry; and Area #9, which finds incumbent Stacy Hach.

The Richland School District will have two new school board members after the spring election. Long-time board member Patti Silver in Area #2, and Mike O'Leary in Area #3 have both filed notices of non-candidacy. There have been no official candidates who have come forward for those seats as of yet.

Anyone interested in running for their respective municipal, county, or school board need to file the necessary paperwork no later than the end of the business day on Tuesday, January 5th.