Write-in challenges incumbent mayor
Barb Campbell announced last week that she is a write-in candidate for mayor in the Town of Bath's election coming up on Tuesday, June 12.
Campbell has been active with community beautification projects and is on the town's Tree Committee.
Campbell told The Morgan Messenger that she'd considered running for mayor earlier this year, and, in recent
weeks, had again been encouraged by people to seek the office.
The only candidate for mayor listed on the town ballot is Susan J. Webster, the incumbent mayor.
In other election news, Town of Bath officials have been trying to deal with questions about whether council candidate Jim Slough lives within the town limits.
At last week's council meeting, it was explained that Slough had asked the Bath Council to annex his home on Johnson Mill Road back in early January, 2006, and was told they would.
At that time, the council voted to annex the property
but the town never submitted paperwork to the Morgan County Commissioners who must approve minor boundary adjustments.
As it now stands, the town has apparently been charging Slough for various services, such as street and police fees and garbage pickup, though he is technically a county resident and does not pay town property taxes.
He is also registered to vote at a county precinct, not within Town of Bath.
Eligible municipal candidates must have paid town property taxes for at least a year and must be qualified voters in town elections.
Town Clerk Margie Allgyer said Attorney Charles Trump is putting together a package to legally complete the annexation.
The candidates running for the five Town of Bath council seats are: incumbent David Crosby; former councilman Dave Duncan; incumbent Kenny Easton; incumbent Nancy Russell Harvey; incumbent Dale Lutman; Rebecca Mallory; Scott Merki; Ryan Rebant; Michelle Ritchie; and Jim Slough.
Garnet Marsh is unopposed in her bid for reelection as Town Recorder.
Statements from the Town
of Bath candidates will be in next week's Morgan Messen-ger.
Early voting and absentee voting are already under way
at Bath Town Hall and will
continue through Saturday,
For voting information, call town hall at 304-258-1102.