Republicans will be permitted to appoint a replacement for a candidate who withdrew from the Ward 3 Hillsboro City Council race this week.
Steve Witham, elections administrator for the Highland County Board of Elections, said that after checking with officials in the Ohio Secretary of State’s office, the local GOP will be allowed to name a replacement for Sharolyn Moore, who notified the board that she was withdrawing her candidacy.
Since Moore’s candidacy had already been certified by the election board last Thursday, and since she was the only Republican candidate for that particular seat, Witham said state officials determined that the local Republican Party could appoint a replacement.
Paulette Donley, chair of the Highland County Republican Party, said Tuesday she was happy to get the news.
“The party will be seeking another candidate in this ward,” said Donley.
Tim Countryman is the Democratic Party candidate for the Ward 3 seat, which is currently represented by Tracy Aranyos. Aranyos is seeking election as a Republican to an at-large council berth. Ward 3 covers the southeastern portion of Hillsboro.
In a letter delivered to The Times-Gazette on Tuesday and addressed “To The People of Hillsboro,” Moore wrote that she was withdrawing as a candidate, adding, “Due to multiple issues of the past year that has caused lots of stress, I cannot deal with any more.” She thanked everyone who signed her petition.
If the GOP appoints a candidate for Ward 3, all council races outside of council president will feature contested races on the November ballot.
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