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Board of Elections

Three area candidates file invalid petitions, can't run


Three people who filed petitions to run in Worthington-area elections will not be on the Nov. 5 ballot, according to a news release from the Franklin County Board of Elections.

Incumbent Sharon Township Trustee Linda Jarrett's petitions were ruled invalid because a filing contained the front of one part petition and two backs, according to the board. Also, neither circulator statement contained the number of signatures witnessed.

She had applied to run along with fellow incumbent John Oberle and challenger Phillip Smith. Two positions are to be filled.

Brian Seitz also was ruled ineligible to be on the Worthington City Council ballot. According to the elections board, his petitions included only 48 valid signatures. Fifty are required.

Seitz is an architect who lives in a house he had built in the Rush Creek neighborhood. It is one of only two recent additions to the area and is Worthington's only LEEDS-certified house.

The other candidates for City Council are Rachael Dorothy, Scott Myers, David Norstrom, Rob Schmidt and Michael Troper. Four seats are to be filled.

Also ruled ineligible was Eric MacGilvray, who had filed a petition to be on the ballot for Riverlea Village Council. According to the elections board, an incomplete circulator statement on the sole part petition resulted in insufficient valid signatures.

Franklin County Board of Elections spokesman Ben Piscitelli told ThisWeek candidates who were short on valid signatures have been sent letters. They have until 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, to request an appeal.

"It happens," he said. "It's sad when it does. A lot of work goes into circulating petitions. On average, it takes 25 minutes to get a valid signature. A lot of work goes into it. Sometimes accomplished people just make a simple mistake."

ThisWeek staff writer Marla K. Kuhlman contributed to this story.