Columbus school board president Carol Perkins will run for a partial term as a write-in candidate in November.

Columbus school board president Carol Perkins will run for a partial term as a write-in candidate in November.

Earlier this year, despite turning in petitions with more than 500 signatures to the Franklin County Board of Elections, Perkins fell 56 names short of the 300 that she needed to be certified for the ballot.

Petitions can be rejected for a number of reasons, including signers listing the wrong address, illegible handwriting, fake names, duplicate names and names being written in pencil, among others.

In November, three full-term seats and an unexpired term on the CCS board will be up for election. The unexpired term sought by Perkins is open because of former board president Terry Boyd's departure. There are two years left on the term.

Earlier this year, Bryan Steward was appointed to fill Boyd's seat. Though Steward sought his own term, he fell 44 valid signatures short of certification.

The deadline to file petitions for office was in February. Typically, a spring primary election is needed to narrow the field before the November election, but this year there were not enough candidates to warrant a primary.

Three residents were certified by the board of elections in February, so there will be only three names on the ballot. They are board member Ramona Reyes and candidates Hanifah Kambon and Mike Wiles.

Resident William L. Buckel has filed as a write-in candidate, seeking a full term.

No names will appear next to the fourth open seat, which will have to be filled by a write-in candidate. At the moment two people in addition to Perkins have declared themselves as write-in candidates: Paul Carringer and Charles Evan Traylor.

Those wanting to run as write-in candidates have until 4 p.m. Sept. 2 to file with the Franklin County Board of Elections.

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