Primary challenges possible for Columbiana city positions

LISBON – The city of Columbiana also has some elected positions that are up in the May 7 primary election.

Those facing re-election this year and subject to a possible primary challenge are Columbiana Mayor David Spatholt and council members Jim King, Brian Blakeman and Tom Ferguson.

The story in Monday’s edition about the upcoming primary election inadvertently left Columbiana off the list of cities and villages in Columbiana County with partisan races up for election this year. Partisan races are those that require the candidates to run as either a Democrat, Republican or independent.

The tradition among most Columbiana candidates is to eschew traditional partisan politics by filing as independents. For instance, of the four city officials up for re-election, three – Spatholt, King and Ferguson – ran as independents the last time.

The filing deadline for partisan candidates is Feb. 6 at the county elections board, while May 6 is the filing deadline for people wanting to run as independent candidates. Independents bypass the primary election and run directly in the November general election.

In other news, Dan Fire, and not Dave Tingle, is among the four Leetonia council member whose terms are up in the primary election. The newspaper listed Tingle as an incumbent in Monday’s story, but he passed away last May and was replaced by Fire.

Tingle was still listed as council member on the elections board website, which is where the newspaper was directed to obtain information on the current list of incumbent elected officials in the county. The elections board updates the list between elections only when advised by the community of any changes.