Clearing up confusion on board of ed races

Beth Sergent -

POINT PLEASANT — There are eight candidates vying for two seats on the Mason County Board of Education, but there is some confusion over how those candidates will be chosen when voters go to the polls May 10.

Mason County Clerk Diana Cromley said her office has received some calls from voters with questions about how winners of the races are chosen and which candidates will be available for voters to choose from, in relation to magisterial districts.

Cromley said, to be clear, anyone in Mason County can vote for any one of the eight candidates no matter which district a voter resides in, even if they reside in a different district than the candidate they wish to vote for resides.

The vacant school board positions are available to candidates registered in Magisterial Districts I, III or IV. Cromley explained the top two candidates receiving the most votes will be declared the winners as long as their districts will not be represented on the school board by more than two members.

“For example, if both candidates receiving the most votes are residents in District IV, only one may serve in as much as one board member currently serving is already representing District IV and only two from the same district may serve at the same time,” Cromley said.

Current School Board Member Jared Billings represents District IV, while School Board Members Greg Fowler and Dale Shobe both represent District II.

The following candidates running for the two vacant seats on the Mason County Board of Education are as follows: Pamela Jean Muncy, Gallipolis Ferry, District IV. Rhonda Tennant, Letart, District I. John David Morgan, Point Pleasant, District III. Leigh Ann Gardner, Point Pleasant, District III. Vicki A. Ohlinger, New Haven, District I. James “JR” Neal, Gallipolis Ferry, District IV. Mack McCarty, Ashton, District IV. Meagan Bonecutter, Point Pleasant, District III.

The two candidates who win the races will begin serving four-year terms on July 1.

Beth Sergent

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