According to the Scioto County Board of Elections, Wednesday is the deadline for filing petitions if you are running for a Portsmouth City Council seat. In the November election, wards 1, 3 and 5 are up for election. As of Tuesday, a total of four candidates had filed their petitions. They were Kevin W. Johnson and Reynard Michael Osborne in the First Ward and Jerry Skiver and Robert Gambill in the Third Ward.
In addition to those who had filed going into Wednesday, several other people have taken out petitions and are expected to file by Wednesday at 4 p.m., the actual deadline.
In the First Ward, in addition to Johnson and Osborne, Sean Dunne has declared his candidacy by taking out petitions.
In the Second Ward, in addition to Skiver and Gambill, those declaring their candidacy by taking out petitions includes incumbent councilman Kevin E. Johnson, George Hamm, Robert Nichols and David Duncan.
Two people have taken out petitions to run in the Fifth Ward. The two are: incumbent Fifth Ward Councilman Gene Meadows and challenger Eric Froe.
According to the city’s website, except as otherwise provided in the City’s Charter, all legislative powers of the city are vested in a Council consisting of one member nominated and elected to a four-year term from each of the six wards.
Portsmouth City Clerk Diana Ratliff said Tuesday wards 2, 4 and 6 will not be up for a vote until the general election of 2019. The current Council members from those wards are Jo Ann Aeh in the Second Ward, Jim Kalb in the Fourth Ward and Tom Lowe in the Sixth Ward.
Each member of Council elected or appointed from a ward must have resided in that ward no less than six months and must have been a resident of the city for at least three years immediately preceding his election.
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