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The petitions are in and the ballot for the Granville Board of Education is full.

Nine candidates submitted petitions by Monday’s deadline seeking inclusion on next month’s ballot.

Incumbents Dan Nelson, Nekia Torres and John McDermott are all seeking reelection and will be challenged by Jo-Lynn Bartholomew, Shirley Kunen, Ed Vladyka, Phil Berke and former board members Molly Celani and John Shaw.

At stake on this year’s ballot are three three-year terms on the board. A fourth spot, currently occupied by Bartholomew, will also be determined next month.

Bartholomew was appointed late last year to fill a vacant seat created by the resignation of former board member Kevin Ely, who said he was moving out of the district. The board appointed Bartholomew to the position through the elections next month.

In addition to Bartholomew, Kunen, Celani and Shaw submitted applications to fill the vacancy. Shaw withdrew his application after learning others were interested in the position, President Eric Scribner said in December.

Both Shaw and Celani have previously served on the board. Shaw is a past president who served on the board for 15 years and oversaw two capital projects. He failed last May in his bid for a sixth, falling three votes shy of being reelected.

Celani has served two stints on the board. She was first elected in 2004 and served only one term. She did not seek a second term after her husband took ill. In 2011 she was appointed to fill the term created by the resignation of John Steves, who stepped down to take the position of transportation supervisor (he resigned from that position last fall).

Berke is a former Washington County Judge whose career spanned more than four decades. Kunen works in the food service industry and Vladyka works in the slate industry and is an active volunteer in the local Boy Scout organization.

The three candidates who receive the most votes in next month’s election will each receive a three-year term beginning on July 1. The candidate who receives the fourth most votes will fill the remainder of the term currently occupied by Bartholomew.

That term has one year remaining and will be included on next year’s ballot. The person who wins that seat will take their position on the board immediately following the election.

The budget vote and election of board of education members will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19.



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