Two Columbus school board members failed to obtain enough valid signatures on nominating petitions and will not appear on the November ballot, pending appeals.

Two Columbus school board members failed to obtain enough valid signatures on nominating petitions and will not appear on the November ballot, pending appeals.

The Franklin County Board of Elections last week certified three of six residents who turned in petitions to run for the school board. Candidates are competing for three full-term seats and a single unexpired term.

Candidates knocked out of contention were board president Carol Perkins and new member Bryan Steward. Another hopeful, Claudia De Leon, also fell short of the required 300 signatures.

The elections board certified Hanifah Kambon, Michael Wiles and new board member Ramona Reyes.

Perkins said Monday that she planned to appeal the elections board's decision.

"I will go through the process and hope for the best," Perkins said.

Perkins fell 56 signatures short.

Matt Damschroder, deputy director of the board of elections, said Perkins had four pages of signatures invalidated.

Three sheets were invalidated because Perkins printed her name at the bottom of the petition instead of signing in cursive to match her signature on file with the elections board. Another sheet was invalidated because several names were signed in the same handwriting.

Damschroder said there is no time limit for a potential candidate to appeal a decision by the board. However, if a candidate would want to be certified quickly, the candidate would have to turn in an appeal by Feb. 27, so the elections board could review it at its March 2 meeting, Damschroder said.

Steward, seeking to fill the unexpired term of former board president Terry Boyd, fell 44 signatures short. De Leon was short 132 signatures.

Damschroder said he believes that candidates who filed petitions but failed to meet the criteria for certification cannot run in November as write-in candidates. He said the elections board is discussing the matter with an attorney for clarification.

Write-in candidates have until Sept. 2 to file with the board of elections.

Steward was the only candidate running for a partial term. If Steward does not mount a successful appeal, the unexpired term will have to be filled by a write-in candidate, Damschroder said.

Steward did not return messages seeking comment.