Whitehall Mayor Kim Maggard, barring a campaign from a write-in candidate, will be unopposed in seeking her third term in the general election after the petition of her only potential challenger was not certified Tuesday, Feb. 19, by the Franklin County Board of Elections.

Alexander N. Mitchell failed to submit the required number of valid signatures on his petition for the office of mayor, according to the board of elections.

Only 20 of the 44 signatures on Mitchell’s petition were valid, said Aaron Sellers, public information officer for the board.

Mitchell was required to have 30 valid signatures.

Another Whitehall candidate, Timothy Wayne Mouzon, also failed to achieve certification.

Mouzon filed a petition for one of three at-large Whitehall City Council seats up for election.

According to the board of elections, the circulator statement was not completed by the circulator, so none of the signatures could be validated.

The petitions of four other candidates for at-large council seats were certified, so there still will be a contested nonpartisan race for the three City Council seats in November.

The petitions of incumbent at-large council members Bob Bailey, Karen Conison and Wes Kantor were certified, as was the petition of challenger Gerald Dixon.

The office of council president also is contested in November.

The petitions of incumbent Jim Graham and challenger Tom Potter were certified.

Two other petitions in uncontested races were certified: those of City Attorney Mike Bivens and Treasurer Steve Quincel.