Are you running for mayor?
Several members of the a Galion community have approached the board of elections for petitions to run for public office. The problem is, the board of elections has not been given any information as to what petitions are needed for the May 7 election as far as Galion is concerned.
The board of elections is waiting for guidance from Galion city. The board of elections cannot make any decisions on what type of petition is needed until specific information is given to them and they cannot take any stance on any issue.
What type of election is it? According to the board of elections May 7 is a primary election to nominate candidates running for office. But for Galion, still under the Charter, the election is a non-partisan special election.
According to the amendment
Anyone coming to the board of elections for a petition to run for public office needs to know which petition to ask for.
Who decides which petition to ask for?
According to Don Faulds, member of the committee to abolish the charter, the sitting Galion City Council has to make decisions regarding the election in May, including how much each of the positions will pay and whether or not the mayor (and other officials) will be full or part time.
Faulds also thought that since the city is still under the charter the ballot used should be a non-partisan ballot for a special election.
“We are at the mercy of these people [city council],” said Faulds. “We have to work with this council in order to do this.”
Officials needed to be elected according to the amendment issue are Mayor, Law Director, Auditor, Treasurer, Council President and council members. According to Ohio Revised Code 733 there needs to be no less than seven council members.