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On Greene County Ballot: Yellow Springs Village Council, Mayor

The number of African American-owned businesses has fallen sharply in Yellow Springs from its peak four decades ago. Only a handful remain in the village.
Jess Mador

Tuesday, Nov. 5 is Election Day. Among the races on the ballot in Greene County is a crowded slate for Yellow Springs Village Council, with five candidates vying for three open seats. 

The election for Yellow Springs Mayor is also on the ballot but the race this year is not competitive. 

Under Yellow Springs Village Council elections rules, the two candidates who receive the most votes are elected to four-year terms, and the candidate who receives the third-highest vote total wins a two-year term.

In the council race, incumbent Marianne MacQueen, Council Vice President, has worked with the Yellow Springs Housing Advisory Committee. Her experience also includes running a business and a background in nonprofit administration.

Incumbent council member Lisa Kreeger is also a registered nurse and has worked on a village community health assessment. Her background also includes work with the Yellow Springs Community Development Corporation.

Both candidates have also worked on an ongoing effort to evaluate the village Police Department's policies and public safety strategies.  

Challenger James Johnson grew up in Yellow Springs and has worked in fundraising and higher ed administration, including at The Ohio State University and Antioch College.

Dean Pallotta is a write-in candidate. The owner of Dino’s Cappuccinos also has experience with village Community Resources, and the Planning and Economic Sustainability Commissions.

Also running is attorney Laura Curliss, who previously worked in Wilmington government. The former Yellow Springs Village Manager also ran unsuccessfully for mayor two years ago.

In this year’s race for Yellow Springs Mayor, two-year incumbent Pam Conine is running unopposed.

Read more about all of the 2019 candidates running in Montgomery County and Greene County, and learn more about this year's school district and ballot issues, at the nonpartisan League of Women Voters of the Greater Dayton Area voter guide.