Fourteen candidates have filed petitions to run for the new Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Board of Education.Residents who returned petitions were Darren Bellen, Cindy Breh, Glen Blanchard, Bruce Carpenter, Patricia Christensen, Neil Clark, Ben Conte, Chad Eggleston, Keith Handy, William Lints, Christopher Mosher, Lee Quackenbush, Susanne Sammons and Renee Swartz.Bellen has served on the St. Johnsville Board of Education since 2008. He owns Bellen’s Archery and Recreation. He lives in the village of St. Johnsville.Blanchard is currently serving his twelfth year on the Oppenheim-Ephratah Board of Education. A town of Ephratah resident, he is a bus driver for the Little Falls City School District.Breh is serving her first year on the Oppenheim-Ephratah school board. A town of Oppenheim resident, she is self-employed.Carpenter is a town of Oppenheim resident and is currently serving his first year on the Oppenheim-Ephratah school board. He worked for the Oppenheim-Ephratah district for 30 years as a custodian, bus driver and head of the buildings and grounds department.Christensen has served for four years on the St. Johnsville Board of Education, including two years as vice president. She is registered nurse at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Utica and lives in the town of St. Johnsville.Clark is a hydroelectric maintenance mechanic for Brookfield Renewable Power. He lives in the village of St. Johnsville.Conte began serving on the Oppenheim-Ephratah Board of Education this year and is currently serving as board president. A town of Ephratah resident, he is an instructor at Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES and Fulton-Montgomery Community College.Eggleston is currently serving his first year on the St. Johnsville school board. He’s a third grade teacher at the East Hill Elementary School in the Canajoharie Central School District. He lives in the village of St. Johnsville.Handy is a dairy and crop farmer. He served on the St. Johnsville school board from 1990 to 2005, holding the office of board president and vice president during his tenure. He lives in the town of St. Johnsville.Lints is an Oppenheim resident. He is an environmental scientist with the state Department of Environmental Conservation.Mosher is civil engineer with the state Department of Transportation. He has served eight years on the St. Johnsville school board and is currently serving as board president.Quackenbush is a town of Oppenheim resident. He retired after serving 33 years in public education. During his tenure, he served 21 years as a school administrator including 10 years as a school superintendent.Sammons is currently serving her sixth year on the Oppenheim-Ephratah Board of Education. She works at Fulton-Montgomery Community College as a technical assistant with the college’s Student Development Center. She lives in Oppenheim.Swartz is now in her second year on the St. Johnsville Board of Education. She is a registered nurse and director of nursing at the Wells Nursing Home in Johnstown.In a referendum on Jan. 29, voters authorized the establishment of a seven-member board of education with members serving full terms of three years.In order to stagger the number of seats up for election each year on the board, the candidates elected with the most votes on Tuesday, March 19, will serve the longest terms, while those elected with the fewest votes will serve shorter terms. Based on the number of votes received, three members will receive three-year terms, two members will receive two-year terms and two members will receive one-year terms. Winners in all subsequent elections will receive full three-year terms.Polls will be open from noon to 8 p.m. and all residents of the Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville district will vote at D.H. Robbins Elementary School in St. Johnsville.