Local elections set for 2019

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WASHINGTON COUNTY, Oh.-(WTAP) Only one West Virginia community in the immediate area plans an election in 2019.

Three of the six seats on the city council in St. Marys are up June 11.

In Ohio, the elections will mostly be confined to local communities.

In Washington County, mayors' terms are up in Marietta and Belpre.

While Marietta Mayor Joe Matthews hasn't yet declared his intentions, City Council President Joshua Schlicher has taken out petitions to run for the mayor's office.

In Ohio, candidates are required to seek a required amount of signatures on petitions before officially filing for office.

Belpre Mayor Mike Lorentz tells us he hasn't yet decided whether to run for a fourth term. He was first elected in 2007.

Terms of the mayors won't be the only things ending this year. So will use of the county's current voting machine system, which has been in place nearly 25 years.

"We've already had the bidders in for a meeting, and we'll be picking new machinery for Washington County this year," says Peggy Byers, Deputy Elections Director. "We're paper, but there's a new system out called a Hybrid, where you can vote on a computer-type field, but it will give you a piece of paper so you can see who you vote for."

Washington is among several counties receiving Ohio money to upgrade its voting machine systems.

The primary elections in Ohio, where candidates for mayor and city council face off for party nominations, is May 7th.

The November 5th election will also feature non-partisan candidates for school boards and township trustees.