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Petition deadlines loom in Barker, Middleport

With a little more than a week left to file petitions, a mayoral race already appears to be on the horizon in Barker and petitions for the offices of mayor and trustees are still available until Feb. 10 in both Barker and Middleport.

Elections will be held on March 18.

In Barker, Mayor Aaron Nellist will seek his second term in office. Former Mayor Herbert Meyer also has announced his intention to run.

Nellist defeated Meyer two years ago after Meyer had served one term as mayor.

There are also two trustee seats available in Barker – belonging to Gregory Kerth and Mark Wilson, who are each finishing their first terms in office.

The mayor and trustee positions each carry two-year terms.

In Middleport, Mayor Richard Westcott will seek his third term in office.

He had served as a trustee from 1990 to 1996 and then took a break from politics.

He rejoined the board in 2008 as a trustee and served as deputy mayor before taking the reins in 2011 from retiring Mayor Julia “Julie” Maedl, who had convinced him to return to the board.

There are also two trustee seats available in Middleport – currently held by Wayne Blumrick and Rebecca Hinkson. They are also finishing their second terms in office.

All offices carry two-year terms.

Petitions may be obtained from and must be filed with the village clerk.

There are no elections for village office in Wilson this year.

Youngstown holds its elections in May, while Lewiston village residents go to the polls in June.