The Clintonville Area Commission is guaranteed to have some new faces after the upcoming election.

The Clintonville Area Commission is guaranteed to have some new faces after the upcoming election.

Only one of three incumbents chose to run again.

D Searcy, 59, of Charleston Avenue does not face any official opposition in her bid for another term as the representative for District 9, although elections committee chairwoman Mary Rodgers said on Monday that write-in candidates have until Friday, April 8, to declare themselves.

Only in District 1, a seat being vacated by Mike McLaughlin is there an official race.

Rob Wood, 38, of Crestview Road, and Jason Advani, 29, of Olentangy Street, both filed the necessary papers to be candidates for the post. Advani's candidacy has been verified by election committee members, according to Rodgers. Wood's residency and age will be verified this coming week, she said.

McLaughlin announced at the March 3 commission meeting that he would serve out his term but not seek another one. He cited the increasingly negative atmosphere among members of the advisory body, in particular relating to a proposal from a task force he chaired favoring a left turn lane at the intersection of North High Street and East North Broadway.

"This is not a positive environment to be doing my civic work in," McLaughlin said.

"This intersection issue has just destroyed this community, has just destroyed this commission, and I can no longer continue serving on it," McLaughlin later added.

In District 2, incumbent Sarah Snyder announced her intention not to seek a second term in an e-mail distributed to her constituents.

"My devotion for service to the people of Clintonville has not diminished," she wrote. "However, my desire to do so by continuing to serve on the Clintonville Area Commission has waned. Sadly, in recent months each commission meeting has become less civil and less productive than the last."

Only Nancy Kuhel, 54, of Brighton Road turned in a completed candidate packet for District 2, according to Rodgers.

"People can still declare themselves to be write-in candidates," the committee chairwoman said, noting that the deadline for making such an intention known is the day after the next CAC meeting, which is on Thursday, April 7.

Rodgers did say that two people had taken out petitions to run for the District 2 seat but did not turn them back in by Sunday's 4 p.m. deadline.

"We've not been releasing the names of people picking them up," Rodgers said last week.

The election committee has five days from the Sunday deadline to validate the petitions of the candidates.

"We're going to be faster than that," Rodgers said.

One of the reasons for getting the verification process completed, the committee chairwoman said last week, is to have ballots ready for those seeking to vote by mail.

Rodgers on Monday said that she had two letters waiting for her at the Whetstone Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, presumably from people seeking mail-in ballots.

The official election day is Saturday, May 7, when residents of Districts 1, 2 and 9 may cast ballots at the Whetstone Library beginning at 10 a.m. and ending at 2 p.m. The votes will be counted by members of the committee, beginning at 2:15 at the library.

In addition, early in-person voting will take place at the library branch on Saturday April 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and again on Thursday, April 28, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.