Those who want to represent Clintonville have until the end of next month to grab their chance.

Petitions for candidates for three of the Clintonville Area Commission's nine districts are due March 31.

An election will be held the first Saturday in May to choose the CAC's District 4, 5 and 7 representatives.

The current holder of the latter seat, Treasurer Jason Meek, said at the CAC's Feb. 1 session that he is considering stepping down.

"I'm leaning toward not running again," he said after Chairwoman Libby Wetherholt gave a report of tweaks election committee members had decided on for this year's voting.

Meek first was elected in 2012.

District 4's Judy Minister, a CAC member since 2015, has said she would like to serve an additional term.

Matthew Cull of District 5, the current secretary, has not stated his intentions. He's been a CAC member since 2015.

Candidates must be 18 or older and live in the districts they seek to represent.

District 4 is roughly bounded by Arden Road and Hollenback Drive on the north, the railroad tracks on the east, Orchard Lane and Oakland Park Avenue on the south, and the Olentangy River on the west.

District 5's borders are Glenmont Road on the north, the railroad tracks on the east, Arden Road on the south, and High Street on the west.

District 7 is roughly bounded by Garden Road on the north, the railroad tracks on the east, Glenmont Road on the south, and High Street on the west.

The CAC serves as an advisory board to Columbus City Council. The purpose of the commission is to help guide development, bring the neighborhood's needs to the attention of city officials and staff, and suggest solutions or legislation.

Wetherholt said "minimal" changes to election rules apply this year.

Among the new proposals, one of which was adopted at the Feb. 1 meeting after some discussion and an amendment, is a written statement offered by each candidate covering two points.

As initially adopted by members of the commission's election committee, the statements would have been limited to 100 words on the problems the candidates would seek to address in the neighborhood, and another 100 words on their qualifications for serving on the panel.

Christopher Allwein of District 8 suggested changing the first written statement to one addressing not merely problems but also potential initiatives, providing something positive to be pursued rather than negative to be put right.

District 1 representative David Vottero questioned the brevity imposed on the statements.

"It seems to me the 100-word limit ... seems exceptionally terse," he said.

"I would agree 100 is really short," Allwein added.

Commission members settled Feb. 1 on a limit of 300 words for the responses to the questions.

Wetherholt said an orientation session for potential candidates would be held at 6:30 p.m. March 15 at the Whetstone branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 3923 N. High St. Packets of information and nominating petitions also are available at the library.

Nominating petitions must be submitted with a notarized affidavit by March 31 to the library. A certified list of the candidates is due from the election committee April 5. Voting will take place May 1 and 5, also at the library.

For more information, call 614-267-9699 or email Ann Henkener at ann.henkener@gmail.com.

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