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Published: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 @ 5:39 PM
LEBANON — The Warren County Board of Elections on Tuesday rejected the petitions of 11 candidates expecting to be on November ballots.
As a result there will be few or no challengers for some offices, including Springboro school board.
Incumbents Jamie Belanger and Lisa Babb will be unopposed in their re-election to the Springboro Board of Education.
One prospective challenger, Jeff Ziegler, declined to comment. The other, John Pawelski Jr., could not be reached.
Ziegler and Pawelski collected signatures before signing and dating their petitions, according to Brian Sleeth, county election board director.
“You just need to have a second set of eyes look at this before they are turned in,” he said. “There is no appeal process for rejected petitions.”
Ronald Boschert, a former member of the village council in Carlisle, also had his petitions for the school board election rejected.
Boschert was rejected for the same reason as Ziegler and Pawelski.
“You have to have the statement of candidacy filled out beforehand,” Sleeth said.
Anna Holt’s run for the Carlisle Local School Board ended because she submitted a petition with signatures from voters in the Montgomery and Warren county parts of the district.
“They have to be on separate petitions,” Sleeth said.
As a result, only signatures from Waren County residents counted, and Holt came up short of the 25 valid signatures required to make the ballot.
Holt and Boschert could not be reached for comment.
Others who won’t appear on the Nov. 5 ballot include Susan Bitzer for Butlerville Village Clerk/Treasurer and Anthony Bitzer for village council; Dennis Oszakiewski for Corwin Village Mayor, Debra Femmer for Corwin Village Clerk/Treasurer, Jason Heys for Franklin Twp. Trustee and Trevor Rhoads and Mark Tipton for Harveysburg Village Council.
Board officials can’t review submitted petitions, but Sleeth offered more advice for future candidates.
“Make sure no blanks are left,” he said, while also urging candidates to ask election-savvy party officials to help them check their petitions before submitting them to the elections office.
Appearing on the November ballot will be 130 candidates for seats on local councils, boards of trustees and school boards.