Two positions on the Harlan County Board of Education and three positions on the Harlan Independent Board of Education, along with mayors and city council members are up for election in November. The deadline to file an application to run for a seat in one of these of positions is 4 p.m. Aug. 12 in order to be on the ballot for the Nov. 4 General Election.
“Harlan County School Board District 5, which is Cumberland, and school board District 4, which is Evarts, are up for election,” said Harlan County Clerk Donna Hoskins. “They don’t run by magisterial districts, but by school board districts, which are different.
Hoskins said mayors for the cities of Loyall, Evarts, Cumberland, Benham, Lynch and Harlan, are up for election. She said there are seven city council positions for Harlan and Cumberland, but Loyall, Evarts, Benham and Lynch all have six positions.
She added mayors and school board members serve four-year terms and council members serve two-year terms. She said all these races are non-partisan.
“There’s also the position of mayor for the city of Wallins open,” said Hoskins. “No one ever runs for this position, but the city of Wallins has never been dissolved. There are also positions for four commissioners for the city of Wallins open and any one can file to run for those positions. If someone ran for these Wallins positions they would be taking over federal debts incurred by the city. This is the reason the city can’t be dissolved — federal debts.”
Hoskins said the issue of dissolving the city can’t be placed on a ballot, because of the federal debt owed by the city.
“I don’t even think they have a city hall building now,” said Hoskins. “Part of the old city hall burned at one time. There hasn’t been a city government in Wallins for at least the past eight years.”
For more information on filing for one of these positions, you may contact Hoskins at 606-573-3636.
“Anyone wanting to register to vote in the Nov. 4 General Election may do so by 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 6,” said Hoskins. “You may also change your party by that date.”
Nola Sizemore may be reached at 606-573-4510 or on Twitter @Nola_hde