The spring election is still a couple months away, but ballots in the Columbus-Fall River area have been set.
Deadline to file nomination papers was 5 p.m. on Jan. 2. On the Columbus City Council, Mayor Mike Thom will run for a second term unopposed. In District 2, Council Member Trina Reid has also filed for re-election. District 3 incumbent Michael Clark, who replaced Matt Kenney after he resigned in June, will not seek another term. Ed Johnson has filed candidacy forms for District 3. In District 1, incumbent Regan Hendrickson has decided not to run for reelection.
Ed Schellin has decided to run for municipal court judge. Columbus plans to start its own municipal court in May. Schellin, who retired as a long-time Columbus insurance agent in June, expressed interest in the position upon his retirement.
The race for Columbus School Board will feature three candidates, incumbent Mike O’Brien, along with challengers David Fischer and Keith Loppnow. Incumbent Mary Arnold decided not to run for reelection, leaving two seats available. The ballot order, with O’Brien first, followed by Fischer and Loppnow, was chosen in a Jan. 3 drawing. According to Deputy Clerk Pam Zander, Board President Cindy Damm, Director of Student Services Lisa Blochwitz, Administrative Assistant Tania Black and Zander all participated in the drawing.
In Fall River, the village board held a caucus Jan. 9 to select a president and fill three trustee positions. President Jeff Slotten was nominated and chosen for another term. Incumbent trustees Dan Birr and Mark Gould were reelected, while new trustee candidates Diane Hermann-Brown and Mike Dykstra were also chosen.
For Fall River School Board, incumbents Ember Schultz will seek a third term, while fellow incumbent Ashley Morton will look for a second term. Superintendent Mike Garrow said no other candidates filed paperwork.
The spring election will be held Tuesday, April 2.