Probst Enters School Race

MARTINS FERRY – Belmont County Commissioner Chuck Probst has filed to run for a seat on the Martins Ferry Board of Education in November, a move that appears to signify that he will not seek re-election as commissioner in 2014 after 15 years on the job.

If Probst is successful in his attempt to win a school board seat, he could not legally hold both the school board position and his post as commissioner. Ohio law prohibits a politician from holding two elected positions simultaneously, according to William Shubat, director of the Belmont County Board of Elections. Probst would have to step down as commissioner before joining the board of education.

Probst did not return calls seeking comment Wednesday evening.

Probst is one of four candidates who filed for the Nov. 5 general election ballot in the race for Martins Ferry Board of Education. Three are to be elected. the candidates include Probst, Joseph M. Lovell and incumbents Scott Ballint and Bob Zilai.

Probst was first elected commissioner in November 1998 after defeating incumbent John “Bunchy” Pollock for the Democrat nomination in the primary election. He was re-elected in 2002, 2006 and 2010.