3 file as independent

LISBON – Three people have filed candidacy petitions to run for office as independent candidates, including an East Liverpool councilman who failed to obtain enough signatures to run for re-election as a Democrat.

Filing independent candidacy petitions with the Columbiana County Board of Elections are Daniel P. Bekar, for Columbiana council; Scott E. Barrett, for East Liverpool council, Fourth Ward; and Raymond Perorazio, for East Liverpool council, First Ward.

Barrett, an incumbent city councilman in East Liverpool, opted to seek re-election as an independent instead of a Democrat.

Like Barrett, Perorazio is also an incumbent councilman, and he tried to seek re-election as a Democrat in the upcoming May 7 primary election. But his candidacy petition lacked the 25 valid signatures needed for him to run in the primary, forcing him to go the independent route.

Perorazio was among three would-be candidates who were unable to get on the primary election ballot due to problems with their candidacy petitions, with the others being Lisbon Councilman Joseph Morenz and Brian Kerr, who was wanting to run for one of the three East Liverpool council-at-large seats as a Democrat. Morenz has indicated he intends to run for re-election as an independent. The filing deadline for independents is May 6.