Special Election will be held to fill Bath School Board seat


A Special Election is going to be held to fill a seat on the Bath County School Board.  The Special Election will run concurrently with the General Election on November 4th

Charles Garrett is the General Registrar for Bath County.

“Amy Gwin, who represented the Cedar Creek District on the School Board, is moving out of that district, so she resigned,” says Garrett.  “And the court has ordered a Special Election to fill her unexpired term.  So the person elected November 4th will serve from January 1, 2015 to the end of 2015, which is the remainder of the term.”

Anyone interested in appearing on the ballot for the Special Election must be a registered voter in the Cedar Creek District and must file the appropriate forms in the Bath County Voter Registration Office.  The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 4:30.

“There is a very brief window open for candidates to get their name on the ballot,” says Garrett. “It requires some paperwork and forms to fill out.  The biggest issue for the candidates is they must get fifty qualified signatures from voters in the Cedar Creek District on petitions and that all has to be in this office by 5pm on August 15.  And it’s important to realize that mailing it by then doesn’t qualify.   And that when you bring in your petitions, if you have fifty signatures on it that you think are all good, you may find that someone who says they are a registered voter in your district is not.  And if we disqualify any of those signatures and you end up with one short at 5pm on the 15th, you don’t get on the ballot.  So if you really want to make sure you can be on the ballot get your petitions in at least a couple days early.  We can check them. We’ll get back to you if you don’t have enough.  You can get more signatures or you can complete any of the other forms you have to deal with in time.  So just don’t wait until the last minute.”

Candidate forms can be obtained from the Virginia Department of Elections website or from the Bath County Voter Registration Office.

“One change that the public should be aware of is, as of July 1st , the General Assembly split the State Board of Elections, which is a three member electoral board, apart from the administration side of elections,” says Garrett.   “So we now have a Department of Elections in Richmond.   So if you’re looking for the website for information for candidates, and voters and things like that, that’s now www.elections.virginia.gov.”

On that website you can also register to vote, change your address or check the status of your voter registration.

For more information you can contact Charles Garrett at the Bath County Voter Registration Office at 540-839-7266.

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Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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