JEFFERSON — Three incumbent Ashtabula City Council members are apparently not seeking re-election this year, Board of Elections filings Thursday reveal.
Ann Stranman (Ward 3), Julie Lattimer (Ward 4) and James Trisket (Ward 5) did not file petitions for the May 7 primary, the usual springboard for the general election.
Meanwhile, petitions that beat the 4 p.m. Thursday deadline show there will be no races in May to determine political standard-bearers in the fall. The only candidates to file petitions are unopposed within their own parties. They are: Alice Cook (Ward 3, Democrat); former council president Josephine Misener (Ward 4); and Kris Hamrick (Democrat) and Jack Bales (Republican) in Ward 5.
The election board will meet Wednesday to examine and certify the petitions. Ashtabula’s charter specifies a filing deadline for its political candidates that is a few days later than the rest of the county.
Barring independent or write-in opposition, Cook and Misener will be unopposed in the fall. At the very least, Hamrick and Bales will challenge each other in November within Ward 5. Elsewhere in the city, Ashtabula Municipal Alfred Camplese (Democrat) is running unopposed in the spring primary. His petitions have already been certified by the election board.
The only Ashtabula council seats up for grabs this fall can be found in wards 3-5. Ashtabula council has staggered terms, meaning not every seat comes up for election at the same time.
Lattimer and Trisket have served two, four-year terms on council, while Stranman is departing after one term.
Ten issues, including three school levies, have already been approved to appear on the primary ballot. They are:
• Ashtabula — Two measures: The first sets the municipal income tax at 1.8 percent for three years, while the second cleaning up language in an ordinance related to the finance office
• Ashtabula Area City Schools — Five-year, additional 6.2-mills emergency levy
• Geneva — Municipal income tax increase from 1.5 to 2 percent
• Geneva-on-the-Lake — Four-year, 1.5-mill replacement levy for roads and bridges
• Geneva Union Cemeteries District — Five-year, additional 0.5-mill levy for cemeteries
• Grand Valley Public Library — Additional 2-mill, continuous levy for current expenses
• Harpersfield Township — Five-year, 1-mill renewal for roads and bridges
• Jefferson Area Local Schools — Five-year, 4.5-mill renewal for current expenses
• Ledgemont Local School District — Additional 14.7 mills to avoid an operating deficit