Tuesday will mark a watershed election across the state. It will be the first odd-numbered year election of city and local school boards in November.

The Legislature enacted legislation in 2015 moving those elections from April to November, starting 2017. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on election day. Advanced voting ends noon Monday in the Franklin County Clerk’s office, 315 S. Main St., Ottawa. The clerk’s office will be open 9 a.m. to noon today to accommodate early voters.

City and school board candidates

School boards

Ottawa (three at-large seats)

Lynda Alderman, Melissa Pippin, Cassie Thompson-Myers, Norman Wooge, Diana Staresinic-Deane, Timothy Catlin, Shanda Olmsted, Christopher Cunningham.

Central Heights

Position 4: Jack Davis, Chris Compton; Position 5: Kit Detwiler, Billy Johnson; Position 6: Shawn Cardin.


Position 3: Jeremi Thompson; Position 4: Tamera Aamold, Shane Pruitt; Position 5: Clyde Coons, Amanda Donovan; Position 6: Juanita Peckham, Todd Wilmarth.

West Franklin

Position 3 (Williamsburg): Julie Spielman; Position 4 (Appanoonse): Ryan Sink; Position 5 (Pomona): Dorothy Pritchard; Position 6 (Williamsburg): Dealy Sims.


Ottawa (four at-large city commission seats)

Blake Jorgensen, Mike Skidmore, Emily Graves, Brett Staneslow, Tom Weigand, Eric Crowley (write-in).


Three council seats, no candidates.

Pomona (two council seats, mayor)

Mayor: Marie Seneca, Gene Hirt.

City council: Jerald Johnson, Kim Giffin.

Princeton (five council seats, mayor)

Mayor: Chris Hutchinson; City Council: Carol Lingo, Ronald Anderson, Kathy Jones, Katie Tooley, Kent Schulte.

Rantoul (five council seats, mayor)

Mayor: Ronald Parks; Council: Dale Van Horn; Dorothy Jackson, Susan Stottlemire, Mary Gormly, Gracie Castleberry, Teresa Hubbard, Mark Johnson, Juanita Simms.

Richmond (two council seats, mayor, and one unfilled council vacancy)

Mayor: Doug McIntosh, Kelly Reeder; Council: Helen Feuerborn.

Wellsville (three council seats)

Chuck Rutledge, Dave Rogers, Kiel Lasswell.

Williamsburg (three council seats)

Terra Geist, Shiela Worden, JR Harris, Ralph Stover, Jr., Thomas Taylor, Sr.

Janet Paddock, county clerk, said the normal voting locations will be open on election day Tuesday. Those locations can be found at franklincoks.org — click on clerk and then elections under department.

The following is a list of voting locations:


1st Precinct: Trinity United Methodist Church, 630 N. Cedar St.

2nd Precinct: Trinity United Methodist Church, 630 N. Cedar St.

3rd Precinct: Ottawa City Hall Commission Chambers, 101 S. Hickory St.

4th Precinct: First Christian Church, 1045 S. Hickory (11th & Cedar streets)

6th Precinct: Ottawa City Hall Commission Chambers, 101 S. Hickory St.

7th Precinct: Church of the Nazarene, 700 S. Elm St.

8th Precinct: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 401 W. 13th (13th & Maple streets)


Appanoose Township: Appanoose Grade School, 600 Shawnee Road., Pomona

N. Centropolis Township: Centropolis Township Hall, 410 N. Seventh St., Centropolis

S. Centropolis Township: Richter Church, 3158 Idaho Road

Culter Township/Rantoul City: Rantoul City Hall, 120 E. Main, Rantoul

Franklin Township/Wellsville City: Wellsville Baptist Church Family Life Center, Third and Locust streets, Wellsville

Greenwood Township: Greenwood Community Building, 2705 Florida Road

Harrison Township: Harrison Township Hall, 3094 Rock Creek Road

Hayes Township: Hayes Township Hall, 3311 Riley Terrace

Homewood Township: Homewood Christian Church, 1795 Idaho Road

Lincoln Township: Lincoln Township Hall, 2646 Kentucky Road

Ohio Township/Princeton City: Princeton Community Building, 1449 U.S. 59, Princeton

Ottawa Township: Ottawa Township Hall, 2675 Sand Creek Road

Peoria Township: Briles Schoolhouse, 3305 Texas Road

Pomona Township/Pomona City: Pomona Community Building, 219 West A. St., Pomona

Pottawatomie Township/Lane City: Pottawatomie Community Building, 402 S. Kansas Ave., Lane

Richmond Township/Richmond City: Richmond Community Building, 205 E. Central St., Richmond