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Three area commission seats up for election in May

Residents of three Clintonville districts invited to run for CAC

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The members of the Clintonville Area Commission election committee have announced a formal call for candidates for Districts 1, 2 and 9.

Mike Folmar, former District 4 representative on the panel and chairman of the committee, gave a report at last week's monthly CAC meeting.

The seats up for election currently are held by Rob Wood in District 1, Nancy Kuhel in District 2 and D Searcy in District 9.

Those interested in serving on the advisory panel must be age 18 or older and reside in the district for which they declare their candidacy.

The boundaries are:

* District 1: Bounded on the south by the Glen Echo Ravine, on the east by the railroad tracks just east of Indianola Avenue, on the north by the center line of Weber Road, and on the west by the center line of North High Street.

* District 2: Bounded on the south by the Glen Echo Ravine, on the east by the center line of North High Street, on the north by the center line of Orchard Lane, and on the west by the Olentangy River.

* District 9: Bounded on the south by the Columbus city limits and the eastward projection of the Columbus city limits west of North High Street and by the center line of Georgetown Drive and its westward projection and the south line of the State Schools for the Blind and Deaf east of North High Street, on the east by the railroad tracks just east of Indianola Avenue, on the north by the city limits of Worthington and on the west by the Olentangy River and the Columbus city limits.

According to an election timeline proposed by Folmar and formally adopted by the members of the CAC, candidate petitions will be available at the Whetstone branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library beginning Feb. 21. Mail-in ballot request forms also will be available the same day at the library.

The deadline for submitting the nomination forms with a notarized affidavit is March 28.

An orientation for candidates will be held in the meeting room of the Whetstone library from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 4.

"Attendance is optional but highly recommended," Folmar said at the meeting.

Election-committee members have set up an email account and established a post office box for those interested in more information, Folmar said. The email address is cacelection2014@gmail.com. The mailing address is PO Box 141382, Columbus 43214.

The election itself is set from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 3 in the library's meeting room. Committee members will count the votes beginning at 2:15 p.m., then announce the results.

Advance in-person voting will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 29 in the same location.

Those wishing to vote by mail must complete a request form and send it, along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope, to the committee's post office box. These ballots are not anonymous and are subject to challenge, according to the announcement from committee members.

"All voters choosing the mail-in ballot method will be asked to complete and return a residency statement with their ballot," according to the committee's press release.

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