Thursday was busy — and history making — in the Lawrence County Board of Elections office.
Nearly 30 people beat the 4 p.m. deadline by filing last-day petitions to run for office in November.
One of them was Bernard Kincaid, who seeks one of two seats on the South Point Board of Education. He said friends encouraged him to run and after thinking about it, decided to do just that, though he waited until a half hour before closing time to turn in the necessary paperwork.
“I just thought it was time for fresh eyes and younger people to step up and help out,” Kincaid explained. This is his first time seeking elective office. But he has one good reason to jump into the fray now: his son, Christian, is 4 and will start school in South Point next year.
“If you’re going to have kids in school you need to be there and be part of it,” Kincaid said.
Kincaid will face Rita Vance, Terry Blake, Les York and Rose Christian in November.
In the case of the Rock Hill Local School District, this election will be the first time in history there won’t be a contested race: two people have filed to run for exactly two seats available, veteran Wanda Jenkins and newcomer Paul David Knipp.
“I’m still in shock,” Jenkins said. “Junior (her husband) and I were just talking about it and we just can’t believe it. The first year I ran there were 13 people for three seats and there have always been five or six people (running) for three seats. I’m still in shock.”
In the village of Chesapeake, only two people filed to run for four available seats on the village council. Lawrence County Board of Elections Director Cathy Overbeck said write-in candidates have until 4 p.m. Sept. 2 to file to run for office as such a candidate.
Additionally, the Upper Township Volunteer Fire Department will ask voters to renew a five-year fire protection levy while Coal Grove will attempt again to have voters pass an additional one-mil operating levy for five years. In 2008 voters rejected passage of a similar levy that brought in nearly $19,000 annually.
Others seeking office in November:
Aid — 2
Brian Pancake, John Robinson, Wayne Taylor, Danny Craft and George Gabriel Patterson
Decatur — 2
Ronnie Cox, Tim Blagg, Timothy Qualls, John McNeal and Tyler Boggs
Elizabeth — 2
Shannon Summers, Greg Boggs, Ron Davis, Charles Maynard, Brian Kidd,
Ricky Markel, Darrell Perry and Randy Mullins
Fayette — 2
Simon Gore, Mike Finley and Perry Brock
Hamilton — 2
Bob Blankenship, Forrest Kerns Jr., Larry Fraley and Vic Hopper
Lawrence — 2
Scott Gore and Verna Harper
Mason — 2
Jamie Klaiber, Shannon Payne, Justin Simpson, Stephen S. Colegrove, Paula Wilson, Corey Watson, Jeff Estep, Church Self and Roger Callicoat
Perry — 2
Barry Blankenship and Jeff Joseph
Rome — 2
Dean Cooper, Mark Bailey, Brian Pinkerman and Brian Smith
Symmes — 2
Ronald Hatfield, Fayne Taylor and Eddie Mitchell
Union — 2
Mike Curry, Rick Gue, Doug Baise and Dain Spears
Upper — 2
Don Klaiber, Christopher Knipp, Robert J. Ackerman, James Burke Jr., Mike McDaniels and Phillip Snowden
Washington — 2
Jerry E. Kelley and Peggy Horner
Windsor — 2
Donald Adkins, Donald Rigney, Robert E. Burcham and Brian Williams
City and Village Races
Athalia — 4
Benjamin Keeney, Lester Brumfield Sr., Ervin Napier Jr., Debra Evans, Christina Ray and Allison Layman
Chesapeake — 4
Richard McMaster and Paul Hart
Coal Grove – 4
Frederick Phillip Roush, Kyle McKnight, Juelda Collins, Bob Self, Glen Markins, Chris Brammer and Aaron Stewart
Hanging Rock — 4
Susan Fatony, John Waginger, Jarrod Robinson and Jeannette Waginger
Ironton – 4
Bob Cleary, Leo Johnson, Mike Lutz, Ralph “Butch” Huff, Beth Rist, Hugh Scott and Dave Frazer
Proctorville — 4
Brenda Chapman, Justin Wurtzler, Raymond W. Shephard, Jeffrey J. Chapman, Larry David Peters
South Point — 4
Robert Armstrong, Ronald West, Danny A. Smith, David Classing and Don Fitzpatrick
County ESC — 3
Roland Hayes, Phillip Carpenter and Ray I. Malone
Chesapeake — 2
Kenneth Wolfe, Jerry Osborne, Grover Smith, Charles Sanders, Richard Stover and Bill Pratt
Dawson-Bryant – 3
Jamie Murphy, Debra Drummond, Sadie Murphy, Michael Nourse, Katy Ford, Denise Paulus, Tim Stormes and Gary Dutey.
Fairland — 3
Greg Crabtree, Janice Singer, Matt Ward, Lester Brumfield Jr., Gary Sowards, Timothy Fisher, Brian Morgan and Martin Appleton.
Jason Gorby (for unexpired term)
Ironton – 2
Jay Zornes, A. Burton Payne, Jerry Brownstead and Daniel Hartwig.
Rock Hill — 2
Wanda Jenkins and Paul David Knipp
South Point — 2
Rita Vance, Terry Blake, Les York, Rose Christian and Bernard Kincaid
Symmes Valley — 3
Chris Thompson, Hope Rowe, S. Kent Wells, Tommy Shepherd, Steve Brown, Luther Waugh, Ryan Sells and Greg Ralph