Two candidates for Findlay school board have been removed from the ballot for the general election after not having the required amount of valid signatures.
The Courier reports that Larry Schaller and Richard McKinney, who were challenging board incumbents Jane Robertson and Kathy Siebenaler Wilson, are no longer in the running for the three open seats on the board, Board of Elections Deputy Director Jody O’Brien said.
Schaller had 59 valid signatures of the 75 required to run, and McKinney had 70.
“We always try to tell people to get more signatures than they need so they don’t run into this,” O’Brien said.
Signatures need to be from citizens who live in the Findlay school district, O’Brien said. Even if they have a Findlay address, the may not live in the district, she said.
For local elections, once a candidate files, they can not go back to get more signatures, O’Brien said.
O’Brien said that one person has filed a write-in petition. Chris Aldrich, of 725 Meadow View Drive, will be a write-in candidate. Write-in candidates do not need signatures for their petitions.
Because the race is now uncontested, the three open seats will automatically go to Robertson, Wilson, and Aldrich as long as the school board certifies Aldrich’s petition Tuesday, O’Brien said.
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