Putnam BOE approves candidate filing petitions


OTTAWA — Putnam County Board of Elections during its meeting Tuesday approved certified positions for candidates running for office in the 2020 primary election.

The board approved a petition for Kim Redman, clerk of courts, to change her party affiliation from Democrat to Republican. Petitions for recorder candidates Dawn Maag and Lori Rayle were approved as well as Sheriff Brian Siefker.

Candidates have until Dec. 18 to file, according to Karen Lammers, Putnam County Board of Elections director.

The board also set a test for election equipment at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 8, with a regular meeting to follow the test.

Sugar Creek Township resident Joan Collar asked if there had been any reconsideration of the board’s decision to reduce the number of voting locations in the county. 

During the board’s Aug. 12 meeting, Collar presented petitions with over 250 signatures from Sugar Creek and Blanchard Township residents who were opposed to their polling place closing.

During Tuesday’s meeting, Board President Kurt Sahloff said the board has not taken any further action on the topic.

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