Both the towns of Vevay and Patriot will be holding elections this November, and the window for residents wanting to run for seats on town boards and for the clerk-treasurer positions are now underway.
Megan Kilborn of the Switzerland County Clerk’s office said that those wanting to file for the positions may do so from now until noon on Thursday, August 1st.
Unlike county, state, and national elections, there is no primary election for the town posts.
Each of the political parties may slate up to three candidates for the town board positions and one candidate for the clerk-treasurer post. If more than three candidates file for their party’s town board slots, or if more than one candidate files for the party’s clerk-treasurer position, then the political party will hold a caucus to determine its slate. The date, time, and location of the caucus will be determined by each political party.
If a party does not have a full slate of candidates after the August 1st deadline, they will be able to fill those vacancies prior to the general election.
This year’s general election will be held on Tuesday, November 5th, and will be open to those county residents who live within the borders of the town of Patriot and the town of Vevay.
For the town of Vevay, Kilborn said that so far the only candidate to file is currently town board member Keith Smith, who is a Democrat.
The town of Patriot has seen more filings.
Currently: Democrats Linda Fisk and Beverly Mathews have filed for the clerk-treasurer post. Fisk is the incumbent.
For the town board seats, Democrats Elizabeth Thomas and Dwight Murdock have filed.
For the Republicans, Tony Rider has filed for election to the town board; as has Nicole Renyer.
Kilborn said that the time period to register to vote ended April 9th, but there will be another opening period for voter registration.
For more information on the election, contact the Switzerland County Clerk’s office at (812) 427-4415.