Many issues, candidates facing voters Nov. 7


Sample ballots now ready as registration deadline nears

By Gary Brock - gbrock@aimmediamidwest.com



With the deadline for registering to vote fast approaching, Madison County voters can now check with the County Board of Elections the sample ballots to see just who is running and what issues are going to be facing when they go to the polls Nov. 7.

Madison County residents qualified to vote have until Oct. 10 to register. The Madison County Board of Election’s office will be open from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Oct. 10. Those submitting voter registration forms by mail in order to be eligible to vote in the Nov. 7 General Election must have the envelope postmarked by Oct. 10.

There will be a number of contested races on the ballot in Madison County communities Nov. 7.

In London, two candidates are running for President of City Council, Republican Joe Russell and Democrat Butch J. Scott, but just two running for three seats on Council, Republican Joshua Peters and Brenda Russell (there is space for write-ins). On the London School Board, four candidates are running for the three seats, Darryl D. Brown, Matthew Congleton, Donovan Cooper and Marvin Homan.

In Plain City, nine candidates — Benjamin Budd, Jody Carney, B. Todd Haines, Sherry Heineman, Darren Lee, James Moore, Shannon Pine, Steve Rice and Roberta Benner Scott — are running for the four open Village Council seats. For the Jonathan Alder School Board, one candidate is on the ballot for the two open seats.

In Darby Township, three candidates are seeking the two township trustee seats, Klaas Friesen, Michael George and Michael Ryan Huff.

For Jefferson Township trustee, there are five candidates running for two seats on the ballot, Leon Creamer, Jon Forrest, Robert Godden, Jim King and Kevin McDowell.

In the Jefferson Local School District, there are four candidates — Melissa Adams, Janine Conway, Jerry Doran, and Laura Reinert-Peters — seeking two seats on the ballot, and three candidates — Michael Branham, Jerry Garman and Michael Quinn — seeking the one unexpired term ending Dec. 31, 2019.

Monroe Township has three candidates seeking two seats up for election Nov. 7, Philip Adelsberger, Tony Frey and Jeremy Straley; and two candidates running for the one unexpired term ending Dec. 31, 2019, Carl Oiler Jr. and Steven Snyder.

In Oak Run Township, three candidates are running for the two seats on the ballot, Charles Farmer, Kelley Manns and Sean Meade.

The Madison-Plains Local School District has five candidates running for three seats on the board, Cory Coburn, Kelly Cooley, Bryan Stonerock, Donald Swonger and Anthoula Xenikis.

For Mount Sterling mayor, there are three candidates — William Martin, Dustin Parker and Diane Spradlin — running for the seat, but the village council seats are unopposed with four candidates seeking the four seats.

In Pleasant Township, two candidates are running for one unexpired trustee term ending Dec. 31, 2019, Mark Harden and Terri Thompson.

In Somerford Township, there are three candidates running for the two trustee seats, Sener Calis, Bill Laney and Ernie Sparks.

In South Solon, there are four seats up in the election. However, there were no valid petitions filed, according to the Board of Elections.

There will be nine local issues on the ballot in various villages and townships. They are:

• Plain City East — Local Liquor Option (By Petition):

Shall the sale of wine and mixed beverages and spirituous liquor be permitted for sale on Sunday between the hours of 10 a.m. and midnight by Ronald R. Winn, dba Lee’s Sports & Spirits & Patio an applicant for a D-6 liquor permit, who is engaged in the business of operating a bar/restaurant at 209 W. Bigelow Ave., Plain City, OH 43064 in this precinct?

• Madison-Plains Local School District — Proposed Tax Levy (Renewal):

A renewal of a tax for the benefit of the Madison-Plains Local School District for the purpose of providing permanent improvements and for the purchase of school buses at a rate not exceeding 2.5 mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to $0.25 for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for 5 years, commencing in 2018, first due in calendar year 2019.

• Pike Township — Proposed Tax Levy (Renewal and Increase):

A renewal of 2.88 mills and an increase of 0.24 mill to constitute a tax for the benefit of Pike Township for the purpose of fire protection and emergency squad service at a rate not exceeding 3.12 mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to $0.312 for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for 5 years, commencing in 2018, first due in calendar year 2019.

• Range Township — Proposed Tax Levy (Renewal):

A renewal of a tax for the benefit of Range Township for the purpose of fire protection at a rate not exceeding 1.7 mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to $0.17 for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for 5 years, commencing in 2017, first due in calendar year 2018.

• Somerford Township — Proposed Tax Levy (Replacement):

A replacement of a tax for the benefit of Somerford Township for the purpose of fire protection at a rate not exceeding 1 mill for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to $0.10 for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for 5 years, commencing in 2018, first due in calendar year 2019.

• Sterling Joint Ambulance District — Proposed Tax Levy (Renewal):

A renewal of a tax for the benefit of the Sterling Joint Ambulance District for the purpose of current operating expenses at a rate not exceeding 1.8 mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to $0.18 for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for 5 years, commencing in 2017, first due in calendar year 2018.

• Stokes Township — Proposed Tax Levy (Renewal):

A renewal of a tax for the benefit of Stokes Township for the purpose of providing fire protection and to provide and maintain fire apparatus, appliances, buildings or sites therefore or sources of water supply and materials therefore at a rate not exceeding 0.8 mill for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to $0.08 for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for 5 years, commencing in 2018, first due in calendar year 2019.

• Village of Midway — Proposed Tax Levy (Renewal):

A renewal of a tax for the benefit of the Village of Midway for the purpose of current expenses at a rate not exceeding 2.9 mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to $0.29 for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for 5 years, commencing in 2018, first due in calendar year 2019.

• Village of South Solon — Proposed Tax Levy (Additional):

An additional tax for the benefit of the Village of South Solon for the purpose of current expenses at a rate not exceeding 2.885 mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to $0.2885 for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for 5 years, commencing in 2017, first due in calendar year 2018.

To see a complete sample ballot, including the unopposed races and state issues, go to http://www.electionsonthe.net/oh/madison/

The polls will open at 6:30 a.m., and remain open until 7:30 p.m., on Election Day, Nov. 7.

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Sample ballots now ready as registration deadline nears

By Gary Brock

gbrock@aimmediamidwest.com