Candidate filing for Chillicothe city offices opened at 8 a.m. today (Tuesday), with several incumbents declaring their candidacies.
Those filing this morning were:
Rozanne Frampton (incumbent), 47, of 2001 Meadowlane, seeking her eighth term as city clerk;
Theresa Gatson Kelly (incumbent), 57, of 203 Calhoun, seeking her 10th term as city auditor;
Wayne Cunningham (incumbent), 68, of 660 Elmdale, seeking his second term as 2nd Ward councilman;
Tom Douglas (incumbent), 64, of 235 Herriman, seeking an eighth term as 3rd Ward councilman. (Douglas served from 97-2007, and from 2009 to present);
Reed Dupy (incumbent), 62, of 1417 Polk Street, seeking his second term as First Ward councilman;
Richard L. Knouse (incumbent), 58, 1208 Locust Street, seeking his seventh term as constable.
The positions up for election are mayor, councilman-at-large, councilman from each ward, treasurer, auditor, clerk, attorney and constable. All offices are up for a new two-year term, with the election to be April 2. The candidate filing period closes Jan. 15. Although the offices of attorney, constable and treasurer are up for election, the salaries for those positions have been set at $1 per year.
This election season has a few changes compared to past elections: the first being the election filing period beginning in December (in past years, the filing period opened in October and ended in December, with a primary election in February); secondly, candidates do not have to declare a political party affiliation (as has been in years past); and third, there will be only one election, with the top vote-getter being named to that position, (rather than a primary election followed by a general election).
The election date change was the result of a new state statute that prohibited cities from conducting February elections, except in the case of bond issues. Prior to the date change, the city had already eliminated the requirement that candidates declare a political party when filing for office.