While the faces of the Johnstown-Monroe Local Schools and village council are expected to remain mostly the same, newcomers will be seen on the Northridge Board of Education, Monroe Township Board of Trustees and Alexandria Village Council as a result of next week's election.

While the faces of the Johnstown-Monroe Local Schools and village council are expected to remain mostly the same, newcomers will be seen on the Northridge Board of Education, Monroe Township Board of Trustees and Alexandria Village Council as a result of next week's election.

With no one on the Nov. 3 ballot to challenge them, J-M school board candidates John Davis II and Terry Holter are expected to return to their seats this fall. Davis, current president, is seeking his second term on the board, while Holter is pursuing his third.

Five candidates are vying for four available Johnstown Village Council seats, including incumbents Joyce Evans and Sharon Hendren, both of whom are seeking their third terms; Adam Roberts, who is running for his second term; and Carol Van Deest, who was appointed in May 2008 to fill the unexpired term of her late husband Karl Van Deest. They are being challenged by Sean Staneart, a local businessman. (A question and answer voter guide for the Johnstown Village Council race is available online at www.ThisWeekNews.com).

The race for the Northridge Local Schools Board of Education will offer several choices, with incumbent Brent E. Garee, who was appointed in September 2008 after board member Bob Brooks resigned, and newcomers Mark Dann, Creston King and Jeffrey Schrock on the ballot. Board members Anne Cox and Larry Porter are not seeking re-election.

In Alexandria, there are mayoral and council races. The mayor's race includes Richard D. Hammond challenging incumbent Harold "Squeak" Lee, who was appointed earlier this year after Carol Jasper resigned. Lee had been council's president pro tempore.

Five candidates are vying for four Alexandria council seats, including incumbent Karen Holt, who serves as council's president pro-tempore, and newcomers Robert Brown, Brian Dague, Francine Joan Hammond and Herb Lower.

Brown was appointed to council in the spring to fulfill the remainder of Lee's term when Lee took over as the mayor. Dague was also appointed to the council on Oct. 10, filling the seat of Steven Hicks, who resigned in September.

Monroe Township residents have many choices when it comes to candidates for township trustee with six vying for two seats. Candidates include incumbent Troy Hendren, who is seeking his fourth term; Joey Robertson, who was appointed in May 2008 to fill the seat of his late father Joe Robertson; and challengers George Holbrook, Todd Jacob, Randy Peterman and John Sadinsky.

Profiles of the Alexandria council and mayoral candidates are available online at www.ThisWeekNews.com, as are profiles of Monroe Township and Northridge Board of Education races.

The village of Hartford also has four open council seats with three on the ballot, including Gregory L. Retherford, Winston Sayers and Mary J. Wehner.

St. Albans Township also has two open trustee seats, with candidates Bruce Kean, David Lees and Charlie Reeves seeking office.