Voters could face a crowded ballot this fall, with candidates vying for a majority of seats on both Village Council and the Ottawa Hills Board of Education.
Four of the six seats on council will be up for grabs this fall, as will three of the five seats on the school board.
The four seats on council are currently held by Rex Decker, Jeff Gibbs, Bob Reichert, and Jack Straub. Their terms expire Dec. 31. Councilman Straub has said he will not be seeking re-election, while Decker, Gibbs, and Reichert have all said they plan on running again.
In addition to the incumbents, as of June 23, four other residents have pulled petitions to run for council. They are Dana Dunbar, Matt Gargas, Tyler Gargas, and Edward Shimborske.
The three seats on the school board are currently occupied by David Arnold, Troy Greeley, and Kate Pixler. Their terms also expire at the end of the year. Arnold has said will not run for re-election but Pixler has indicated she will be seeking another term. Greeley has not yet pulled a petition to run.
To be eligible for these posts, a candidate must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years old, a resident of Ottawa Hills for at least 30 days preceding the election, and registered to vote at least 30 days preceding the election.
To get on the ballot, a candidate must pull a petition from the Lucas County Board of Elections, get the appropriate number of signatures, return it by 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, and pay a $30 filing fee.
For council, petitions must include 50 signatures of registered Ottawa Hills voters. For school board, only 25 signatures are required. The Board of Elections encourages candidates to secure three times as many signatures as required, in the event some are unable to be verified.
All seven positions are for four years, with terms commencing Jan. 1, 2018.