Local candidates certified for May 2 primary

By John Hamilton - jhamilton@civitasmedia.com

CLINTON COUNTY — The races are underway in Clinton County — the board of elections met Wednesday and certified 20 candidates and six issues for the May 2 primary election ballot.

Committee board members, while approving all candidates, looked over issues with Republican candidate Lori Byrom’s paperwork to run for Blanchester Village Council. These included not listing her party affiliation in the designated spot and not having the date of primary filled in prior to circulating the petition. The board members agreed that these were not “fatal” problems and that no one was misinformed when signing Byrom’s petition, and they approved her paperwork.

Byrom will go up against fellow Republican candidates Aaron Powell, Reilly Hopkins, and incumbent council members Gary Bauer and Chad Hollon for the four spots open on Blanchester Village Council. A sixth council candidate, Tyler McCollister, has until May 1 to submit his petition, since he is running as an Independent. Republican James Bowling will run for Board of Public Affairs.

Also for the primary, for the Wilmington President of Council election incumbent council member Mark McKay and former council member Loren Stuckert, both Republicans, will vie for the spot.

The other certified candidates will run unopposed in the primary — Carter Cockman, Bill Liermann and Chris Walls for Republican at-large spots; Kelsey Swindler, Tyler Williams and Angela Mitchell-Koster for Democratic at-large spots; Republicans Loren Stuckert II for 2nd ward, Matt Purkey for 4th ward, Jonathan McKay for 1st ward, and Kristi Fickert for 3rd ward; Democrat Michael Allbright for Democratic, 2nd ward; and Paul Fear for treasurer.

The six issues certified were:

• renewal tax for Wilmington City Schools for current expenses and general ongoing permanent improvements; it is a 1-percent annual income tax renewal of individuals and of estates in the district for 5 years;

• municipal income tax for Sabina for maintaining emergency services and police department; it is a 0.5-percent levy on income for 5 years;

• renewal tax levy for the Blanchester Local School District; it is a 1-mill tax renewal for improvements, renovations, additions to school facilities, and providing equipment, furnishings, and site improvements;

• renewal tax levy for Clinton County Combined Health District; it is a 0.5-mill tax levy renewal providing funds to carry out health programs including child and senior services, control of communicable diseases, environmental health, health education, bioterrorism response;

• a tax levy for the Village of Blanchester; it is an additional 3-mill levy for parks and recreation;

• and, for Wayne Twp. voters only, a renewal and decrease tax levy for Miami Trace Local School District to avoid an operating deficit.

Also at the Board of Elections meeting:

• Board members will be meeting with county commissioners during their regular meeting on Feb. 13 to discuss relocating the Clinton County Board of Elections office.

• Jennifer Seward will be offered the position of Fiscal Elections Clerk which was previously held by Joy Ames.

• They discussed handling the Blanchester Local School District levy election for Brown County Board of Elections for the May 2 primary. This was done since some students reside in Brown County.


By John Hamilton


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