Feb. 1: Deadline to file for candidacy on May ballot

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(Posted Jan. 3, 2023)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

The 2023 primary election is slated for May 2. The deadline to declare candidacy for seats up for election on the May 2 ballot is 4 p.m. Feb. 1.

The seats up for election are:

• Madison County municipal court judge–six-year term.
• London mayor–four-year term.
• London council president–two-year term.
• London city auditor–four-year term.
• London law director–four-year term.
• London council members at-large–three seats, each with two-year terms.
• London council member for Ward 1–two-year term.
• London council member for Ward 2–two-year term.
• London council member for Ward 3–two-year term.
• London council member for Ward 4–two-year term.
• West Jefferson mayor–four-year term.

In the county and London races, the top vote getter in each race in the primary election will move on to the Nov. 7 general election.

The West Jefferson mayor’s race will only appear on the May 2 ballot if at least three individuals file for candidacy. In that case, the top two vote getters in the primary will move onto the general election. If there are two or fewer candidates, the race will not appear on the primary ballot. Those candidates will appear on the general election ballot.

For information about how to file for candidacy, contact the Madison County Board of Elections at (740) 852-9424. Or visit the office, 1423 State Route 38 SE, London (just north of Fairhaven School). The office is open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. The exception is Jan. 10, Jan. 12, and Jan. 13 when the office will be closed for staff training. During those closures, staff will be available by email at madison@ohiosos.gov.

The Secretary of State’s “2023 Candidate Requirement Guide” outlines all requirements and procedures and can be viewed or downloaded at 2023 Candidate Requirement Guide.

It is recommended that potential candidates visit the Madison County Board of Elections office to pick up an information packet that includes the “2023 Candidate Requirement Guide” and all other information they need to file for a race.

As of Jan. 3, two people have filed petitions for candidacy. Donald Brent McDaniels has filed for the London mayor’s race. Ray Martin has filed for the West Jefferson mayor’s race.

Following the Feb. 1 filing deadline, the Board of Elections has until Feb. 13 to certify the validity and sufficiency of candidates’ petitions.

Other important dates:

• Independent candidates for races for which primary races are held have until 4 p.m. May 1 to file petitions. Those whose petitions are later certified will appear on the Nov. 7 ballot.

• The voter registration deadline for the May 2 primary election is April 3.

• Polls will be open 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. May 2.

For additional information, visit www.boe.ohio.gov/madison/.

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