There will be just one contested race on the Nov. 8 Pickerington ballot following the disqualification of one candidate and the lack of any write-in filings with the Fairfield County Board of Elections by the 4 p.m. deadline on Aug. 29.

There will be just one contested local race on the Nov. 8 ballot following the disqualification of one candidate and the lack of any write-in filings with the Fairfield County Board of Elections by the 4 p.m. deadline on Aug. 29.

The board on Aug. 22 disqualified the nominating petitions for Pickerington City Council candidate Melissa Lisk. That means the six candidates seeking two seats on the Pickerington Board of Education comprise the only contested race on Nov. 8.

Board President Lisa Reade will attempt to retain a seat she's held since 2004.

Others seeking board seats are former PLSD board president James Brink, Kelly Kenyon, Kenneth Kohlhofer, Robert Lysko and Vanessa Niekemp.

In addition to Reade's seat, current board member Lee Gray's term will expire at the end of the year.

However, Gray, who has been a school board member since 2008, opted instead to enter the Pickerington mayor's race. Gray served as the city's mayor from 1992 to 1999.

He will run unopposed after current Mayor Mitch O'Brien declined to seek re-election and no other candidates came forward.

A potential four-way race for three Pickerington City Council seats was snuffed after Lisk was disqualified for failing to obtain at least 50 valid signatures on her nominating petitions from Fairfield County voters.

"She didn't have enough signatures on her petition to qualify for the ballot," said Brian Schwartze, Fairfield County Board of Elections deputy director. "They need 50 valid signatures and Melissa Lisk only had 47."

In Ohio, candidates who are disqualified from being on an election ballot cannot run as write-ins for the same public office.

That means the three remaining candidates -council President Brian Sauer and former Councilman Mike Sabatino and first-time council candidate Chris Schweitzer - will run unopposed for four-year terms.

Current council members Tricia Sanders and Brian Wisniewski were up for re-election, but chose not to run.

The only other ballot item that local voters will help determine is a levy for Fairfield County Historical Parks, which will be on the ballot for the 11th time after 10 consecutive levy defeats. The parks are seeking a 10-year, 0.4-mill levy.

Violet Township will have two offices on the ballot, but in both cases, only one candidate has come forth.

Current Violet Township trustee Gary Weltlich is unopposed in his bid for a fourth term in office, and current township fiscal officer Chris Smith also is unopposed in his re-election bid.

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