PIKE: Spring elections looming
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By BETH ZUMWALT
The 2023 Consolidated Election will be held April 4.
Early voting began in the Pike County Clerk’s office Feb. 23, and will continue till April 3 for any registered voter in Pike County. The hours are Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.. The office will also be open Saturday, April 1, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for early voters. There are many candidates to fill the exact number of seats to be elected, a few contested elections and even some where no candidate filed for the office.
In contested races. In the case where not enough candidates filed to fill the vacancies, appointments by the body where the vacancies exist will be made.
In Barry, four candidates, Debra J. Harshman, William E. Hodgerney, Bridgett Cramsey and Stephen L. Schultz are running for three seats on the city council.
In Pikeland Unit 10 School Board seven candidates are running for four seats. Curtis Simonson, Ed Greening and Charlie Hull are all running from Pittsfield Township. Kimberly Ator is from Detroit Township, Lindsey Coe from Martinsburg Township and Jerry Edison and Cody Piper, both of NewburgTownship.
In Pleasant Hill’s school board, three candidates are running for three seats – Traci Buchanan, Braden Damon, Tracey Harrison.
In Western’s School, Tyler Patterson, James Broeckling, Jacob Walch and Jeff Neese are running for four seats.
In Griggsville-Perry, Eric Kunzeman and Wesley Dunham are running for in Township 4S Range4W, Cathy Wilson is running in Township 4S 3W and Derek Kurfman is running in Township 3S Range 3 W. Four will be elected.
In Pittsfield City, Stacy Helms is running unopposed for the two-year term of treasurer. Also running unopposed are Paul Lennon in Ward 1, Beth White in Ward 2, Robert Richard in Ward 3 and Bill Grimsley in Ward 4.
The Village of Florence has three candidates vying for three seats on the town board. Edwin Dietsch, Sally Dietsch, Michael Palmer are all seeking election.
The Village of Pearl also has three candidates seeking election – Charles Gilbert, Ronald Sidwell, Ethan Sidwell. Two candidates are vying for two, two year terms – Michelle Riley and Jake “Oren” Allen Jr.
In New Salem, Jason Simmerman is unopposed in running for a two-year unexpired term for village president as is Laurice Robertson for clerk/treasurer. Three candidates are running for village board, Gloria Castleberry, Charles Baker, Gail Gleckler Jones.
In Perry three candidates are unopposed of the village board: Brian White, Nikki Mountain, Cody Freeman.
In Hull, Sheila Robbins, Debra Austin and Bobby Clary are running unopposed for three seats on the village board.
Baylis has candidates to fill the vacancies. Melody Brite is running for clerk and Dakota Cohenour, Mitchell Lyon and Madelyn Syrcle are running for three spots on the village board.
Villages with no candidates for empty seats include: New Canton, no candidate for mayor or clerk, but a full slate of trustee candidates- Kayla Hoagland, April Erke, Faith Erke. Craigery Hall is the lone candidate running for an unexpired two year term.
Griggsville City has Larry Bradshaw running in Ward 1 and Thomas Ruble in Ward 2, but, no candidate for Ward 3.
Kinderhook has no candidates for three seats on the village board.
Detroit has no candidates for village president, village clerk or three open trustee seats.
In Milton, Rodney Douglas Whitlock is unopposed for village president. But, only Matt Allen and Lesley Parsons have declared for three seats on the board. Nor did anyone file to serve a two-year unexpired term.
In Pleasant Hill only Rawnald Hart and Kerry Springer filed, leaving one seat with no candidate.
In the village of Valley City, there was no candidate for village president, village clerk or three trustee seats.
Nebo has only one candidate for three seats. Jeannette Pults is running for village trustee.
The village of El Dara has no candidates for village treasurer or three seats on the board of trustees.
A full slate of officers are on the ballot for the Pike County Water District – Dennis Terpstra, Tracy Adrain, Frank Wood and Mike Allen.
For John Wood Community College board there are three candidates for three seats – Larry Fischer, Angela Greger, Robert Rhea.