Johnstown Independent

J-M and Northridge

School board candidate slates offer little choice


Voters in the Johnstown-Monroe and Northridge local school districts won't have much choice when they go to the polls in November.

In Johnstown-Monroe, the slate of candidates equals the number of available seats.

The Northridge race doesn't have enough candidates vying for the available seats.

In the Johnstown-Monroe district, Ruth Ann Booher, 3555 Beech Road, and Tim Swauger, 12434 Duncan Plains Road NW, have filed petitions for two open seats.

Alan Benton, 8217 Windy Hollow Road NW, also filed a petition to retain the seat to which he was appointed April 1, after Roger Montgomery resigned in March.

Benton is required to run in November to keep his seat because more than two years remained in Montgomery's term when he resigned.

Booher was appointed to the board March 18 to fill the unexpired term of John Davis. She's running for a four-year term and is no stranger to the position, having served for almost 15 years previously.

Longtime J-M board member Terry Holter didn't file a petition to return to the seat he has held since 2001.

In the Northridge Local Schools, Doug Hart, 116 Hidden Hills Drive, Pataskala, and Jeffrey Schrock, 1212 Homer Road NW, Homer, filed petitions for two of three open seats.

Schrock's term is expiring at the end of the year, as does Hart's.

Board member Mark Allan Dann isn't running for re-election.

Christopher Pokorny, 9208 Parsons Road NW, Croton, has filed a petition to fill an unexpired term that ends in 2015.

Licking County Board of Elections director Sue Penick told ThisWeek a school board that doesn't have enough candidates to fill open positions may appoint a member after Jan. 1, 2014.