Local primary ballots include state, U.S. components


By Tom Barr - tbarr@wnewsj.com



CLINTON COUNTY — Along with local issues and races, Clinton County voters will help decide party nominees for several state offices in the May 8 primary election, as well as for Ohio’s 91st District representative, and for U.S. Congress and Senate.

Voters will also decide Ohio Issue 1, which “creates a bipartisan, public process for drawing congressional districts.”

Early voting began on Tuesday, April 10, a day after the deadline to register to vote.

Local ballots will include these issues and races:

Clinton-Massie Local School District

Additional 0.25% Earned Income Tax for 5 years, for current expenses

Village of Sabina

Renewal Tax Levy, 1.4 mills for 5 years, for current expenses

Clinton‐Warren Joint Fire & Rescue District

Renewal, 4 mills, 5 years, for fire protection and emergency services

Richland Twp. including Village of Sabina

Additional Tax Levy, 1 mill for 5 years, for cemeteries.

Local options

Voters in Adams Township “A” will decide two options regarding “Amanda George LLC dba A&G Farms” bed & breakfast at 4110 US 22/Ohio 3, seeking:

• D‐2, D‐3 & D‐5 sale of wine and mixed beverages and spirituous liquor permit; and,

• D‐6 Sunday sales on/off‐premise sales and on‐premise sales

Voters in Wilmington “4-A” will decide an option that would allow “VSI Castle LLC dba Fiesta Verecruz” Mexican Restaurant, 37 W. Locust St., D‐6 Sunday Sales on/off‐premise sales and on‐premise sales.

County offices

For Clinton County Commissioner, James Bowling and Mike McCarty are running to replace current Commissioner Pat Haley, who is not seeking re-election. Rhonda Wheasler is running unopposed for the Democrats.

Running for the Republican nomination of county offices are two incumbents, both unopposed — Auditor Terence Habermehl and Common Pleas Judge John W. “Tim” Rudduck.

Voters will also decide representatives to both the local Democratic and Republican Central Committees.

For more information on voting in the primary, visit the Clinton County Board of Elections website www.electionsonthe.net/oh/clinton/ or call 937-382-3537, email vote4@cinci.rr.com or stop by 46 S. South St., Room 126, Wilmington.

Local ballots will also include these races as well as Ohio Issue 1:

U.S. SENATOR

Democrat

Sherrod Brown

Green

Philena Irene Farley

Republican

Dan Kiley

Mike Gibbons

Melissa Ackison

Jim Renacci

Don Elijah Eckhart

U.S. CONGRESS,

DISTRICT 15

Democrat

Rick Neal

Rob Jarvis

Republican

Steve Stivers

OHIO HOUSE,

91st DISTRICT

Democrat

Justin Grimes

Republican

Beth Ellis

Shane Wilkin

STATE SENATOR,

17th DISTRICT

Democrat

Scott Dailey

Republican

Bob Peterson

GOVERNOR

Democrat

Larry Ealy

Dennis Kucinich

Paul Ray

Joe Schiavoni

Richard Cordray

Bill O’Neill

Green

Constance Gadell-Newton

Republican

Mike DeWine

Mary Taylor

OHIO SUPREME

COURT JUSTICE

Democrat

(Term beginning 1/1/19)

Michael Donnelly

(Term beginning 1/2/19)

Melody Stewart

Republican

(Term beginning 1/1/19)

Craig Baldwin

(Term beginning 1/2/19)

Mary DeGenaro

COURT OF APPEALS,

DISTRICT 12

Republican

Stephen Powell

OHIO ATTORNEY

GENERAL

Democrat

Steve Dettelbach

Republican

Dave Yost

OHIO AUDITOR

Democrat

Zack Space

Republican

Keith Faber

OHIO SECRETARY

OF STATE

Democrat

Kathleen Clyde

Republican

Frank LaRose

OHIO TREASURER

Democrat

Rob Richardson

Green

Paul Curry

Republican

Robert Sprague

Sandra O’Brien

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OHIO ISSUE 1

Issue 1 creates a bipartisan, public process for drawing congressional districts.

Proposed Constitutional Amendment Proposed by Joint Resolution of the General Assembly.

To amend the version of Section 1 of Article XI that is scheduled to take effect January 1, 2021, and to enact Sections 1, 2, and 3 of Article XIX of the Constitution of the State of Ohio to establish a process for congressional redistricting.

A majority yes vote is necessary for the amendment to pass.

The proposed amendment would:

• End the partisan process for drawing congressional districts, and replace it with a process with the goals of promoting bipartisanship, keeping local communities together, and having district boundaries that are more compact.

• Ensure a transparent process by requiring public hearings and allowing public submission of proposed plans.

• Require the General Assembly or the Ohio Redistricting Commission to adopt new congressional districts by a bipartisan vote for the plan to be effective for the full 10year period.

• Require that if a plan is adopted by the General Assembly without significant bipartisan support, it cannot be effective for the entire 10-year period and must comply with explicit anti-gerrymandering requirements.

If passed, the amendment will become effective immediately.

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By Tom Barr

tbarr@wnewsj.com

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