NEW HAVEN — With the deadline to withdraw from candidacy now over in the Town of New Haven, residents will see some changes on the ballot.
Grayson “Pat” Williamson, a candidate for mayor in the June 7 election, has withdrawn his name from the race. Also withdrawing was Roy Dale Grimm Jr., who was one of 16 candidates seeking five council seats.
New Haven residents will still have a choice of four mayoral candidates, however, as Jerry Spradling has joined the race as a write-in candidate. April 22 is the final day to declare candidacy as a write-in for the municipal election.
Along with Spradling, other candidates for mayor include incumbent Charles Yonker, former mayor Stephen “Snuf” Smith, and newcomer Eric Blain. Incumbent Roberta Hysell remains the lone candidate for recorder.
Seeking council positions are incumbents James Elias and Vinson “Smitty” Jarrell, along with Jackie Blain, George Gibbs, Sarah Gibbs, Matthew Gregg, Karen Ann Hindel, Nora Hoffett, Grant Hysell, James McCormick, Pamela Schwarz, Matthew Shell, Timothy Stone, Elnora Weaver and Erin Young.
New officials will take office July 1 for a two-year term.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.