Four school board seats see unopposed races


 The deadline for candidates for the four Switzerland County School Board seats in this year’s General Election has now passed, and all four seats will have uncontested races in November.

  When the opportunity to file for office closed this past Friday at the close of the Switzerland County Courthouse, one candidate in each of the four districts had filed. That means that all four will begin four year terms on January 1st. School Board seats are non-political.

  • In Pleasant Township, incumbent Katie Collier will serve another term.

  • In York Township, incumbent Joshua Deck will serve another term.

  • In the Town of Vevay, Cliff Meyer will begin his first term on the board in January.

  • In Cotton Township, incumbent Amy Combs will serve another term.

  This year’s election day is Tuesday, November 3rd.


  Along with the school board seats, county voters will also elect candidates for several county offices:

  • The county will elect three “at large” members to the Switzerland County Council. There are three candidates from each party, with the three highest voter getters, regardless of party affiliation, being elected to four year terms.

  Republicans on the November ballot include: Lisa Fisher, Andrew Haskell, and Randy Leap.

  Democrats on the November ballot include: Rachel Schuler, Jason Scudder, and Melinda Turner.

  • Two County Commissioners — one from District 1 and one from District 2 — will be elected in November to begin a four year term in January of 2021.

  In District 1, Republican Grant Dean will be elected, as no Democrat candidate was placed on the ballot prior to the deadline.

  In District 2, a rematch of the 2016 election will take place as incumbent Republican Jerry Monjar faces Democrat challenger Lane Armstrong.

  • There will be a contested race for the office of County Coroner, as Democrat Ashley McAlister was slotted on the November ballot after the Primary Election. She will face Republican incumbent Clinton Earls.

  • Another contested race in November will be for the office of County Recorder. Incumbent Democrat Nancy Barker is being challenged by Republican Dawn Naylor.

  • The office of County Surveyor will also see a challenge, as Republican incumbent Brian McAllister will face off with Democrat Brian Craig.

  • Unchallenged and preparing for a four year term as County Treasurer is Republican Gayle Rayles. The former County Auditor will take office on January 1st.

  • Also unchallenged in the November election is Greg Coy, Judge of the Switzerland County Circuit Court.