Candidacy filing for municipal elections closes Aug. 31

There are three weeks remaining for candidates to file for election to the borough assembly, school board and port commission, and as of Monday no one had submitted their paperwork to run for office, with most incumbents reporting they were still undecided.

The deadline to file is 4 p.m. Aug. 31 at City Hall for a spot on the Oct. 4 municipal election ballot.

Mayor Steve Prysunka has announced he is not seeking a third term.

In addition to the mayor’s job, two borough assembly seats, three school board seats and two port commission slots will be on the ballot.

As of Monday, port commission member John Yeager was the only incumbent to announce his intent to seek reelection. Yeager is finishing his second term on the port commission. He was first elected in 2016.

Assembly members Patty Gilbert and David Powell, school board members Julia Ostrander and Jessica Whitaker, and port commission member Frank Roppel all have told the Sentinel they were undecided.

Ostrander was appointed to fill a vacant seat on the school board last winter. Whitaker was elected to the board last fall.

Roppel was appointed to fill an empty seat on the port commission in 2020, then elected for a one-year term in 2021.

The Sentinel has not been able to reach two-term school board member Dave Wilson to ask whether he plans to seek a third term.

Of the three school board seats up for election in October, two are three-year terms and the other is a one-year term. Candidates choose which term they want when they file for office.

The port commission seats are three-year terms, as are the two borough assembly seats.

Persons interested in filing for office need to submit their candidacy declaration form and a petition signed by 10 qualified voters. The forms are available from the borough clerk’s office at City Hall, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.


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