The final deadline for some candidates to file for political office is coming soon, but Logan County clerk Scottie Harper wants anyone thinking about running for one of the school board positions to be aware of a new state law that changes the requirements for candidates.

The deadline to file to run for school board -- or for city council in Logan County's three smaller cities, mayor of Lewisburg and Soil Conservation District Supervisor -- is Tuesday, Aug. 14 at 4 p.m.

Two county school board seats (for Adairville and Auburn) and three Russellville Independent school board seats will be on the ballot in the November election.

In addition to all the previous paperwork, a new state law now requires all school board candidates to provide a copy of their high school transcripts.

"All school board candidates now have to produce their high school transcripts that show they graduated from the 12th grade -- or another high school equivalence of 12th grade like the GED," Harper said.

The law, which is officially KRS 160.180(E), applies to both new school board candidates and incumbents alike.

"We've had a couple of people come in and file and just give us a copy of their report card, but that isn't good enough, we need the actual high school transcript," Harper said.

Pam Delaney, deputy clerk in charge of elections, said college transcripts are also not accepted.

"I know it makes sense that if you graduated from college, you also graduated from high school, but the law requires a high school transcript," Delaney said.

Normally all paperwork filed by candidates are open records accessible by anyone, but the transcripts will be kept private. Harper said that the transcripts will be kept in a separate file, apart from the other election filings.

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"I'll just file a paper that states I have seen the valid transcript and that is the only part of that paperwork that will be publicly available," Harper said.

Even though the deadline is still three weeks away, Delaney advises anyone thinking about filing for school board to do it sooner rather than later.

"All the paperwork needs to be in by 4 p.m. on Aug. 14," she said. "If someone comes in to file on the last day and they don't have the right transcript, they will not be able to appear on the ballot."

In addition to the school board, anyone wishing to run for city council in Adairville, Auburn or Lewisburg also has until Aug. 14 to file. Candidates wishing to run for the mayor of Lewisburg also have the same deadline.

As of Friday, three people had filed to run for Auburn city council -- Claude Tisdale, Rex Evans and Steve Montgomery. Only one person had filed in both Lewisburg and Adairville. Carel Moore had filed for Lewisburg and Becky Tinch for Adairville.

Each city council is comprised of six individuals. If more than six file to run, then the top six votegetters in the November election will go onto the council. Two years ago, neither Lewisburg nor Auburn had enough candidates file to fill the council seats and council members had to be appointed.

Two individuals have already filed to run for Lewisburg mayor. Teddy Harper, who is currently serving in that position, and Tracey White have already put in their paperwork.

Anyone wishing to run for Soil Conservation District Supervisor also has until Aug. 14 at 4 p.m. to file.