Have political aspirations? Now is the time to start planning for 2018

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With the November election behind and only one month left in 2017, it’s time to start thinking about 2018 elections.

The deadline to file petitions for the May primary election is in early February, so anyone considering a run for public office should contact their county board of elections to obtain necessary information and petitions.

In addition to three Carroll County office terms expiring next year, there are several state and national posts to be decided at a May 8 primary election and a November election next year.

The three county office terms expiring next year are the Jan. 1 term of county commissioner, auditor and common pleas court judge general division.

State offices to be decided by party affiliation at the May primary election are governor, attorney general, auditor, secretary of state, state treasurer, state central committee for affiliated political parties, Jan. 1 and Jan. 2, 2019 terms of justice of the Ohio Supreme Court.

National posts include Representative to Congress (6th District) and U. S. Senator, which both include Carroll County.

A term on the Seventh District Court of Appeals, which also includes Carroll County, is expiring in 2018.

Also, persons wishing to seek a seat on the Democrat or Republican Central Committees are required to file a Declaration of Intent by the Feb. 7 deadline.

The filing deadline for all other petitions for the May primary election is Feb. 7 at 4 p.m. The Carroll County Board of Elections, located on the ground level of the Carroll County Courthouse in Carrollton, is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Information may also be obtained on the Board of Elections website at www.carrollcountyboe.com.