NEW HAVEN — With only a few days remaining in the filing period, the ballot is looking slim for the New Haven municipal election.
Only three candidates have filed their papers to seek office in the June 7 town election as of Monday morning.
Incumbent Mayor Charles Yonker will be running for re-election. The mayor recently said there are ongoing projects he would like to see finished, such as the water project and dilapidated and abandoned property clean-up. He said there are also new projects he hopes to bring to the table. Mayor Yonker is currently serving his first term in office.
Recorder Roberta Hysell will also be running for re-election to her position. First appointed to the recorder’s seat in 2011, she won election bids in both 2012 and 2014.
The lone candidate so far on the ballot for a council seat is newcomer Tim Stone. Five council members are set to be elected, with none of the current members filing as of yet. Current members include Ken Vickers, Jim Elias, Smitty Jarrell, Amy Gordon and Jessica Howard.
Friday before 3 p.m. is the late date and time to file for office at the New Haven Town Hall, according to Recorder Hysell, but any form postmarked prior to midnight, Jan. 30, will also be accepted. There is no filing fee.
The date for any candidate wishing to withdraw from the election is Feb. 16. New officials will take office July 1 for a two-year term.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.