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No one has filed to run for council

Aug. 03, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

IRONTON -- With only three days remaining, no one has filed for any of the four open seats on Ironton City Council.

Only three people, former Mayor Bob Cleary, City Council member Beth Rist and R. Craig Harvey have even picked up petitions to run for office. The filing deadline is 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Cleary said he plans to file for his old seat on council on Monday.

"There just doesn't seem to be a lot of interest in city government," Cleary said Friday. "I can remember a time when more than a dozen people would file for three open seats."

The council seats of Rist, Council President Mike Lutz and Council members Butch Huff and David Frazer are up for election this year. Council members Kevin Waldo, Philip Heald and Aaron Bollinger have two years remaining on their terms.

Mayor Rich Blankenship couldn't explain the lack of interest. The $120 monthly salary could be a factor, he said. "We have two meetings a month and then there are committee meetings. They could be going to four or five meetings a month. I would like to see people who are genuinely concerned about the city file, then money shouldn't matter."

In other filings, Elonzo Sawyers filed as a non-partisan candidate for Chesapeake Village Council, Justin Wurtzler filed for Proctorville Village Council, and Eric Rawlins, David Moore and Michael Lynd all filed as candidates for South Point Village Council.

Roland Hayes filed as a candidate for the Lawrence County Education Service Center.

Stacey A. Thacker filed as a candidate for South Point Board of Education.

Filing as trustee candidates were: Donald Mannon as Lawrence Township trustee, Barry Blankenship for Perry Township trustee and Rick Carpenter as Symmes Township trustee.