Ryan Scott Ottney
PDT Staff Writer
NEW BOSTON — Three candidates have filed petitions at the Scioto County Board of Elections, seeking election to New Boston Village Council. Because there were not enough candidates filed they will not be part of a primary election in May, and will instead be moved to the General Election in November.
Two seats will be available. Two of the three candidates — Ralph Imes and Terry Salyers — are incumbents, and they are being challenged by Robert Law. Because New Boston Council members are elected “at large,” they are not running for a specific seat or ward. Instead, the two candidates with the most votes will be seated.
Imes was elected in 2009 and is now completing his first four-year term on New Boston Council. He is the chairman of the Village Streets, Alleys, and Transportation Committee and owns Imes Towing in New Boston.
“I’ve really enjoyed the experience. I feel like I’ve got something positive to contribute and we really work well together. A lot of people in the community have said this is the best council New Boston has ever had, so far, and I’m proud to be a part of it. It seems that we’ve got a lot of good things going, and I’m enjoying being a part of that,” Imes said.
He pointed at new businesses coming to New Boston, such as Infra-Metals.
“There’s a lot of things we would like to do but just don’t have the money for right now. But there’s a lot of good things and good ideas going across the board,” Imes said.
Law previously ran for New Boston Council in the November 2011 General Election. He collected 227 votes, and was defeated by the four incumbent council candidates. He said he’s running again because there needs to be a change on council.
“I’d like to see other things happen. The alleys and the streets get cleaned up a little better than what they are. Some of the alleys need to be fixed. They have big ol’ holes in them. And I’d like to see all the employees get their quarter (25 cents) raise back,” Law said. “I’m not gonna say yes to everything, but I’m gonna say yes to some things that’s going on. I’m not going in there just to start trouble or anything.”
Salyers could not be reached for a comment on Thursday. According to the New Boston Village website, Salyers joined council in 2006 and is the chairman of the Village Wage and Salary Committee. He is an Army veteran, and currently works at New Boston School.
The filing deadline was Wednesday, and Teresa Knittel of the Scioto County Board of Elections said there needed to be at least five candidates to participate in a primary election. They will instead be listed on the General Election ballot in November.
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