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City Council, school board filing begins

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By Jenny Hartley

Interest has been good surrounding the opening day of filing for Lancaster City Council and Lancaster County school board seats.

Lancaster County election official Cassie Stump said the voter registration and election office has received many calls about filing, which opens today at noon.

"People have been calling and wanting to look at (district) maps," Stump said Thursday. "More for City Council than school board."

City Council seats up for election are Districts 3, 4 and 6, now held by incumbents Audrey Curry, Bill Sumner and Danny O'Brien.

Sumner has already announced his attention to run for the District 4 seat again, and he'll be facing newcomer Tamara Green.

Former City Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace, who once served in District 2, has moved and has announced she will seek the District 3 seat. Curry has not commented on whether he plans to run again.

The District 2, 4 and 6 school board seats are up for reelection.

No candidates have announced intentions to run.

Incumbents in those seats are: District 2, board chairwoman Charlene McGriff; District 4, Dr. Peter Barry; and District 6, Margaret Gamble.

City Council and school board seats are non-partisan, which means candidates don't file by political parties.

The filing fee for City Council is $35.

There's no filing fee for school board.

Candidates have to fill out an economic interest form, stating whether they're receiving any campaign funds from state agencies or lobbyists, and a statement of candidacy, Stump said.

Filing closes at noon Aug. 15.

For details, call Stump at 285-2969.

Contact senior reporter Jenny Hartley at jhartley@thelancasternews.com or (803) 283-1151