By Ethan Colbert
With candidate filing officially underway on Tuesday morning, residents of Pike County may now sign up to run for positions on city councils, boards of education, the county hospital board of directors, the county 911 board and the public water supply board.
The last day to file is January 15, 2019.
County 911 Board
As of Thursday afternoon, the following candidates had filed for election to the county’s 911 board of directors.
Those candidates are Gregory L. Owens, of rural Ashburn, is running for the at-large position. This position has a four-year term.
Seeking one of the two positions for Western District Representative, which carry a two-year term are: Richard (Al) Murry, of Louisiana and Snookie Ward, of Bowling Green
Seeking the position of Western District Representative, which carries a four-year term, is Robert A. Jones, of Bowling Green.
Seeking a four-year term on as a representative of the Eastern District is Larry LaFave, of Eolia, and Rhonda Stolte Darnell, of Louisiana.
Seeking election for two-year terms of an Eastern District representative were Andy Young, of Eolia, Bill Sterne, of Louisiana, Kevin Keely, of Louisiana, and Willella K. (Missy) Scoggin, of Louisiana.
According to officials with the Pike County Clerk’s office, the districts for the 911 board of directors will mirror the boundaries of the Pike County Commission. These unfamiliar with whether or not they reside in the Eastern or Western District boundaries are encouraged to contact the Pike County Clerk’s Office at 324-2412 for assistance.
Those interested in registering as a candidate may do so at the Pike County Clerk’s office, which is located on the second floor of the Pike County Courthouse in Bowling Green. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., including the noon lunch hour.
Bowling Green R-I School Board
In the Bowling Green R-I School District, there are two positions up for election on the Board of Education.
The terms of current members Jim Arico and Brian Scherder will expire this spring.
According to officials within Central Office, incumbent Jim Arico had filed for re-election.
To file for a position on the local school board, prospective candidates must file at the Bowling Green R-I School District’s Central Office, which is located at 700 West Adams Street in Bowling Green.
County Hospital Board
There is one position up for election on the Pike County Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees.
As of Tuesday morning, Allen L. Lockard, of Eolia, had filed for the position.
Those interested in filing for this position should file with the Pike County Clerk’s Office in the Pike County Courthouse.
In the City of Bowling Green, there are three positions up for election on the Board of Aldermen.
In Ward I, incumbent Diane Kirkpatrick filed for re-election on Tuesday morning. Ward I encompasses most of the downtown historic district and the residential areas north of Champ Clark Drive and east of Business Highway 61.
In Ward II, incumbent Terry Burris had not filed for re-election on Tuesday. He has previously said that he would file for re-election.
Ward II encompasses everything south of Champ Clark Drive and east of Business Highway 61, including the City Park on Court Street, the retail stores on Town Centre Drive and the Ruth Jensen Village.
In Ward III, incumbent Kim Martin Luebrecht has filed for re-election.
According to a map of the city, Ward III encompasses everything west of Business Highway 61 and continues on to 20th Street. This ward also includes the Municipal Airport, the city’s Industrial Park, and the North East Correctional Center.
In the City of Frankford, there will be an election of a mayor and two at-large city council positions.
The terms set to expire are Mayor John Schindler and City Council members Tammy Epperson and Eddie Heffner.
In the City of Curryville, there will be an election of four Aldermen, who will be elected at-large rather than by specific wards or geographic areas.
One of the four aldermen positions will be a one-year term, while the other three positions will be for two-year terms.
In the Village of Eolia, there are three trustee positions up for election this April.
Incumbents Jerry Burbridge and Kathleen Watson have filed for re-election