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12/18/2012 10:51:00 PM
Luck of the draw: Neises will be first on ballot for mayor
DEPUTY CITY CLERK Joie Ziller (right) held a lottery to determine ballot position for the three mayoral candidates who filed simultaneously; Alderman Darla Neises (left), Mayor Marty Orr (not pictured) and former alderman Russ Gilmour (center).
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DEPUTY CITY CLERK Joie Ziller (right) held a lottery to determine ballot position for the three mayoral candidates who filed simultaneously; Alderman Darla Neises (left), Mayor Marty Orr (not pictured) and former alderman Russ Gilmour (center).
Staff report

Second Ward Alderman Darla Neises drew the top ballot position for the April mayoral race Monday, the first day for candidates to file petitions nominating them to the ballot.

Three of the four potential mayoral candidates filed their petitions simultaneously at 8 a.m. Dec. 17. Deputy City Clerk Joie Ziller held a lottery to determine the coveted ballot position.

Neises will be first in the line-up, followed by incumbent Mayor Marty Orr, and then former alderman Russ Gilmour. Former mayor Roy Strong could also file a petition to take the fourth position on the ballot.

For clerk, incumbent Judy Radosevich will be first on the ballot. Resident Amber Trainor also holds a petition.

First Ward Alderman John Persic and Fourth Ward Alderman Helen Hoppe have both filed their documents, and at present, are expected to run unopposed.

Kirby Hall filed his petition for the Ward Two seat being vacated by Neises first thing Monday morning. If elected, he will be watching over the interests of the residents of the ward alongside his father, Alderman Larry Hall. Dave Ingram also has a petition for the Second Ward seat.

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In Ward Three Alderman Jonathan Mietzner will be first on the ballot, followed by Lisa Butler. Former police dispatcher Kathy Shea also holds a petition but has not filed.

Park District

Dave Melhorn and Bobby Thomas have filed for two available seats on the Wilmington Island Park District Board of Commissioners. Incumbent Commissioner Jodi Roark and Robert Neises also hold petitions.

Library District

For the Wilmington Public Library District, incumbent trustees Mary Smith and Pam Clennon have filed for election to another four-year term, and incumbents Sandy Vasko and Becky Hanson are also expected to file. Library Director Maria Meachum thinks there will be a two-year slot open and uncontested; she is working on finding a candidate to fill it.

Wilmington Township

Republicans on the ballot for Wilmington Township offices include Chuck Vetter for supervisor, Karen Waddell for clerk, Bill Weidling for highway commissioner and Robert Neises and Lee Springer for trustee.

Democrats include Jerry Stewart for supervisor, John Cairns Jr. for clerk, Carlotta Marchese for assessor, Robert Lardi for highway commissioner and JoAnne Fitzpatrick, Pat Dooley, Pam Henke and Jim Henke for trustee.

Nominating petitions are still available and have to be completed and filed in the office of the clerk of the respective taxing body by 4 p.m. Dec. 26. The Consolidated Election will be held Tuesday, April 9, 2013.

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