Katharine Moore, the German Village Society's former executive director, has turned in a petition seeking a seat on the nonprofit's board of trustees.

Katharine Moore, the German Village Society's former executive director, has turned in a petition seeking a seat on the nonprofit's board of trustees.

Four terms on the 18-member board will expire this year. Terms are for three years.

Board members running for re-election are Roy Bieber, chair of the finance committee; Brigid Butler, immediate past president; Norm Hall, chair of the organizational committee; and Tim Marker, co-chair of the long range planning committee.

In an e-mail, Moore said she had not considered running for the seat but was inundated with calls from friends encouraging her to throw her hat into the ring.

She said the society needs to take steps to prioritize a number of issues including where to hold Oktoberfest and working with local organizations, such as Nationwide Children's Hospital, to integrate similar plans.

"When we have these conversations, prioritize our goals and set policy, the expectations of the community need to be represented, and nobody has a better sense of the collective wisdom of German Village than me, if I do say so myself," Moore said in the e-mail.

Moore said she wouldn't have moved forward with the petition if she didn't believe society president Brigid Butler and executive director Erin O'Donnell did not share similar aspirations for the area.

"I think they bring tremendous energy and talent to the organization and I would enjoy supporting their efforts in a more official capacity," Moore said.

If the slate of candidates is approved, there will be five people seeking four open seats.

Moore, who was with the society for 13 years, left the nonprofit last July to become director of the Jefferson Center for Learning and the Arts. While with the society she had worked part-time for the Jefferson.

According to the society's by-laws, any member of the society who wanted to run for election needed to submit a petition signed by 20 society members who backed the candidate.

O'Donnell said the slate of candidates will now need to be approved by the board of trustees before voting can commence. The board next meets 6 p.m. May 4 at the Meeting Haus, 588 S. Third St. She said after the slate is approved, society staff will compile a ballot and send it to members.

O'Donnell said the top vote getters will be announced in June.