A handful of people, including some incumbents, have taken out petitions for state and county races that will be decided next year, according to the Ashtabula County Board of Elections.
The office-seekers are looking at the May 6 primary, which will determine candidates for the November general election.
Judge races seem particularly popular, according to the election board. Three county judges — Ronald Vettel, Alfred Mackey and Charles Hague — are obliged to retire at the end of next year because of state-mandated age limits. Incumbent Common Pleas Court Judge Gary Yost, who can seek re-election, has already taken out petitions, according to the election board.
Others who have claimed petitions for judgeships include Juvenile Court Magistrate Edith Hough, who is seeking to replace Hague, the sitting juvenile/probate court judge; Marianne Sezon, county court administrator, who hopes to be the Democrat candidate for Vettel’s seat; and Conneaut Municipal Court Judge Thomas Harris, who is interested in Mackey’s position.
In other races, State Rep. John Patterson of Jefferson has claimed petitions in preparation for a re-election campaign. County Auditor Roger Corlett has done likewise, along with acting county prosecutor Nicholas Iarocci, according to an election board spokeswoman.
Filing deadline for partisan elections is Feb. 5, an election board spokeswoman said Thursday. More petitions could be claimed in the weeks ahead