By Ammie Ruddle
With the general election fast approaching, candidates are making themselves known to the county vying for votes.
The General Election is scheduled to take place on Nov. 8.
Unlike the May primary when most ran unopposed, many incumbents and office seekers face competition in the upcoming general election.
Longtime incumbent Republican Gene McConnell has received a challenge from Independent candidate Jimmie Bennett. Both are running for the County Commission position for the Western District.
Bennett lives in Riverton, while McConnell lives in Circleville.
McConnell is the current president of the Pendleton County Commission.
The passing of County Commissioner Carole Hartman created a unique situation. Charles Burgoyne II had been serving on the school board until being appointed as a Democrat to fill her seat on the County Commission. He now faces Roger Dahmer, Republican, and Tina Eye, Independent, for the seat.
Katrina Hott is running unopposed for the non-partisan school board seat vacated by Burgoyne.
In addition to Hott, two others are running for county offices without opposition, Elise White, Democrat from Brandywine for county clerk, and Shalee Dunkle Wilburn, Democrat from Franklin for circuit clerk.