Who’s running for office in Franklin, Carlisle, Franklin Twp.?

The candidates have been certified for various races in Franklin, Carlisle and Franklin Twp. FILE PHOTO A “Vote Here” sign guides voters to the polling location Tuesday, Nov. 3 at Lakota West Freshman School in West Chester Township. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
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The candidates have been certified for various races in Franklin, Carlisle and Franklin Twp. FILE PHOTO A “Vote Here” sign guides voters to the polling location Tuesday, Nov. 3 at Lakota West Freshman School in West Chester Township. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Franklin voters will have little to decide on Election Day, as there will be no contested races for City Council.

All four incumbents, Council members Brent Centers, Todd Hall, Debbie Fouts and Paul Ruppert, Jr., are running unopposed for new four-year terms.

Because Franklin is a charter city, petitions to run for city council are due 75 days before the election. All other public offices had a filing deadline 90 days before the election. All other candidate petitions were due Aug. 7.

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Both incumbents for seats on the Franklin Board of Education, Lori Raleigh and Andrew Fleming, have been certified to the ballot and are not facing any opposition for new four-year terms.

Also running unopposed for a new four-year term as Franklin Twp. fiscal officer is Scot Fromeyer.

However, there are contested races for seats on the Franklin Twp. Board of Trustees, Carlisle Board of Education, Carlisle Village Council and for Carlisle mayor.

Incumbent Franklin Twp. Trustee Brian Morris of Carlisle will face opposition from Bill Taggart and Tony Workman, both of Franklin. Morris is seeking re-election to a second four-year term. Workman finished third in 2017 in a five-way race for two open seats.

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There are three contested races in the village of Carlisle. Incumbent Mayor Randy Winkler will be seeking his third four-year term this fall after running unopposed in 2015. He will be facing former mayor and current Councilman Tim Humphries.

Eight years ago, Winkler defeated Humphries who seeking re-election as mayor by a margin of 62.7 percent to 37.3 percent. Humphries term as mayor was mired in controversy and lawsuits against the village and some of its officials. The federal court action which was appealed to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals was denied in favor of the village. Humphries was re-elected to a council seat in 2017 after unsuccessful attempts in 2013 and 2015.

Seeking new four-year terms for the two open seats on the Carlisle Local Board of Education are incumbent Bryan Dunkman is seeking re-election to a third term while incumbent Dale Moore will be seeking a second term. The will be facing challengers Missie Miller and Kelly Milligan.

Both incumbent Carlisle Village Council members are seeking election to four-year terms of their own because they were appointed since the 2015 election. They include Council members Nicholas Lamb and Barbara Tankersley. Tankersley, who had been appointed to a council seat in 2013 to fill a vacancy, was ruled off the 2017 ballot for not signing her declaration of candidacy on one of her petitions.

Also seeking one of the three open council seats are Debbie Kemper and Chris Stivers.

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