A few early birds seeking spots on the Franklin County Community School Board of Trustees this fall have done their due diligence at the clerk's office to be included on the November general election ballot.

Four seats will be decided by county voters at the election on Nov. 3 and these are currently held by former board president Francis Brumback (District 1), current president Matt Siedling (Dist. 4), current vice president Rick Gill (Dist. 2) and Phillip Harsh (Dist. 3).

As of midday July 27, only Harsh had filed for re-election. A trio of newcomers had also entered the school board race as of Monday. Harsh will be challenged by fellow Brookville resident Justin Moore, a truck driver with the Union County Highway Department, according to his Facebook page.

Kyle Seibert should certainly be the youngest individual on the ballot, as the Franklin County High School Class of 2020 graduate is an official candidate in District 2.

“As a recent graduate, I will be able to leverage my connections and relationships to provide a new and important perspective on the issues facing our schools,” he posted to Facebook the morning of July 12. “More personally, this would be the ultimate opportunity for me to give back to the school, the people, and the community that have shaped me into who I am today.”

Seibert resides in the north-central part of the county (mailing address of Connersville) and, if elected, would represent Blooming Grove and Fairfield townships, as well as the fourth and fifth wards of Brookville Township.

He also addressed a potential issue of a college student being physically present at all meetings.

“If given the opportunity to serve on the board, I promise you I'll make the short drive back to Franklin County to attend board meetings, school events and other gatherings our board of trustees are expected to attend.”

Grant Reeves appeared to get the jump on everyone when he announced his potential candidacy on July 10, also via Facebook.

“I believe it is imperative to support and preserve the county elementaries (Laurel and Mt. Carmel) and preserve what they provide to the rural areas,”

Reeves posted. “I will also work to develop the important STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) skills and vocational skills I believe are critical for … success of our children.”

Reeves, a former Rush County resident, now lives in the Mt. Carmel area (Cedar Grove mailing address) and has served as attorney for Franklin County government much of the past decade. He also works in the private sector for Barada Law Offices LLC, Rushville.

His filing was in District 4, which includes all of Springfield and Whitewater townships and the eastern half of Highland Township.

District 3 candidates will aim to serve the first three wards of Brookville Township, the western portion of Highland, and the small swath of Butler Township not included in the Batesville school district. No candidates have yet filed in District 1, which encompasses the northern half of Salt Creek Township and the entirety of Laurel, Posey and Metamora townships.

There were no other additions to the general ballot locally after a minor party/independent candidate deadline passed on July 15.

Notable, though, is the appearance of Todd Rokita as the Republican candidate for Indiana's attorney general. Incumbent Curtis Hill was not chosen as the nominee in results announced earlier this month; Rokita defeated Hill and two others. Rokita is no stranger to the political world; he has served in the US House of Representatives and as Indiana's secretary of state, while making failed runs at the US Senate and Indiana governorship. He will face Democrat Jonathan Weinzapfel of Evansville in the fall.

The deadline to file for school board candidacy is Aug. 21 at noon.