There will be contested races in one of the four school districts headquartered in Montgomery County at the April 6 consolidated election after the filing period ended on Monday, Dec. 21. According to Montgomery County Clerk Sandy Leitheiser, state law provides that school districts have to limit the number of board members who can be elected from each congressional township based on their current membership.
Five candidates filed for three seats on the Hillsboro School Board, but only two of the four candidates from Hillsboro Township can be elected: Nathan Kirby, John Lentz, Barbara Mulch and Kyle Putnam. A fifth candidate, Kassie Greenwood, filed from Irving Township where one board member can be elected.
In the Litchfield School District, three candidates filed for three seats: Ron Anglin and Julie Abel from South Litchfield Township, and Gregg Hires from North Litchfield.
In the Nokomis School District, four candidates filed for four seats: Denny Bauman from Nokomis Township, Carl Fesser and Steven Janssen from Fillmore Township, and Carl Kettelkamp from Greenwood Township in Christian County.
In the Panhandle School District, only two candidates filed for three seats: Gabe Pope from Raymond Township and Scott Cowdrey from Pitman Township.
In addition to school board elections, the April 6 consolidated election will also elect officers in municipalities, townships, park districts, library districts, educational service regions, community college districts, and fire protection districts. Those candidates’ filing period also ended on Monday, Dec. 17, and those petitions were filed with each district’s local election official.