CIRCLEVILLE — The Pickaway County Board of Elections certified 11 candidates for the 2021 General Election on Nov. 2 in city races.

Only one race, the race for third ward city council seat, is contested. So far, Democratic Candidate Zachary Brooks and Republican Josh Ford have been certified.

The certification for Republican Todd Brady is tied; an issue arose related to the dates attached to some signatures. The issue will go to the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office for review and decision. If Brady’s petition is approved, there will be a primary election. If not, the next election will be in November.

“The board voted on four specific signatures that had a date error and the Secretary of State will determine whether to accept those signatures or not,” Matthew Nicklas, executive director Pickaway County Board of Elections, said. “If they’re accepted, the petition can then be certified; if not, the petition cannot be certified.”

In the other races, Barry Keller, a republican, was certified for president of council; Dodie Radcliff, a democrat for treasurer; Mark Bidwell, a republican, for the unexpired auditor term; Jeff Hallinin, a republican, for the first ward city council seat; Caryn E. Koch, a republican, for second ward council seat; and Sheri Theis, a republican, for fourth ward council seat.

There are no county races in 2021.

Michelle Blanton, Tom Duvall and Katie Logan Hedges, all republicans, were certified for city council at-large. There are three seats available.

The deadline to file for independent candidates is May 3 for the general election. The deadline to file local questions and issues for the general election is Aug. 4.

Current at-large member Tom Klitzka and City Council President David Crawford each did not seek reelection.

“Serving on city council has been a great experience and some say I will miss it,” Crawford said. “They probably are right. I have been able to work with many people over the past 34 years who wanted nothing but the best for the city.”

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