The Franklin County Board of Elections has certified 40 candidates for the May primary election, meaning Columbus voters will see a full slate of candidates for mayor, city council and school board in the non-partisan primary.

The Franklin County Board of Elections has certified 40 candidates for the May primary election, meaning Columbus voters will see a full slate of candidates for mayor, city council and school board in the non-partisan primary.

There were some tense moments last week for Democratic mayoral candidate James Ragland, who ultimately made the ballot.

School board candidate Johannes Christian, however, wasn't as fortunate. His petitions included only 264 of the required 300 valid signatures required to run for the board.

The elections board, which met Feb. 17 to certify candidates, questioned whether a member of Ragland's nominating committee lived outside of Columbus, which is prohibited by the City Charter.

However, Dorian Wingard, the nominating committee member in question, told the board he lives in Columbus, but forgot to change the address on his registration, said Ben Piscitelli, spokesman for the board of elections.

Christian, the board said, turned his petitions in a few minutes late for the filing deadline Feb. 4. Christian told the board he was on time.

Ragland and Christian were granted conditional certification, meaning they would have been added to the primary ballot if a review of their petitions found each had submitted enough valid signatures, the elections board said.

The following day, the board concluded Ragland had reached the minimum, but Christian had not.

Ragland will face fellow democrats Andy Ginther, Columbus City Council president; Zach Scott, the Franklin County sheriff; and Republican Terry Boyd.

The top two vote-getters will advance to the general election ballot in November.

All are running to replace outgoing Mayor Michael B. Coleman, a Democrat who is not seeking re-election.

Christian would have been among a field of 11 candidates vying for school board in May.

Those who qualified for the ballot include incumbents Gary Baker, W. Shawna Gibbs and Mary Jo Hudson. The others are Eric Brown, Ben Tyson, Robert Sharrah, James Hunter, Brian Bainbridge, Bernadine Kent and Tina Pierce. The top eight vote-getters will move on to the fall ballot.

In the race for Columbus City Council, incumbent democrats Zach Klein, Michelle Mills and Jaiza Page, who recently was appointed to the panel, will seek re-election. Other Democrats in the race are state Rep. Michael Stinziano, Kiwan Lawson, Will Petrik and Doyline Williams.

Republicans include Dimitrious Stanley; Ibrahima Sow; Bessa Sharrah, wife of school board candidate Robert Sharrah; and Joshua Jaffe.

The top eight vote-getters will proceed to the fall election.

On a related note, Democratic council incumbent Shannon Hardin, appointed to council in late 2014, will seek re-election this fall. There is no primary in that race. He will face Republican Ashley Wnek.