By Caleb Howard
Scioto County Candor
It’s primary election day in Ohio, and Scioto County voters will able to vote for their parties candidates to face off in the general election on November, 6th.
Candidates for Governor and lieutenant Governor for the democrat party include Dennis John Kucinich and Tara L. Samples; Bill o’ Neill and Chantell C. Lewis; Paul E. Ray and Jerry M. Schroeder; Joe Schiavoni and Stephanie Dodd; Richard Cordray and Betty Sutton; and Larry E. Ealy and Jeffrey Lynn. In addition, Constance Gadell-Newton and Brett R. Joseph are running as green party candidates.
Governor and Lieutenant Governor candidates for the republican party include Mike Dewine and Jon Husted, and Mary Taylor and Nathan D. Estruth
For Attorney General, Candidates run uncontested, with Dave Yost for the republican party and Steve Dettelbach for the democrat party.
Some other uncontested candidates include Zach Space (D) and Keith Faber (R), for State Auditor; Kathleen Clyde (D) and Frank Larose (R), for State Secretary; Rob Richardson (D), for State Treasurer; Sherrod Brown (D), for U.S. Senator; Jerry L. Buckler (D), for Judge of the Court of Common Pleas; Marie Hoover (D) and Valarie K. Gerlach (D), for 4th district Judge of the Court of Appeals; Trampas Puckett (D) and Brian K. Davis (R), for County Commissioner; Brad Wenstrup (R), for 2nd district Congressional Representative; and Michael P. Donnelly (D), Melody J. Stewart (D), Craig Baldwin (R), and Mary DeGenaro (R), for Supreme Court Justice.
For the democrat party, Melanie J. Ogg will be running uncontested for women member of State Central Committee. Men member candidates include Timothy S. Hogan Jr., William K. Ogg, and Zachary Triplett.
Greg Land and Greg Simpson are the republican men candidates for member of State Central Committee, while Kay Reynolds and Thea Shoemake are the republican women member of State Central Committee.
Democrat 90th district Congressional Representative candidates include Adrienne D. Buckler and Joni L. Fearing; 2nd district candidates include Janet Everhardt, Jill Schiller, and William P. Donnelly. For the republicans, 90th district state representative candidates include Brian Baldrige, Gina Collinsworth, Justin David Pizzulli, and Scottie Paul Powell.
On the republican ballot, candidates for the 4th district Judge of the Court of Appeals will be Kris D. Blanton against Jason P. Smith, and Mike Hess against Kathleen Madden. Republican candidates for State Treasurer include Sandra O’Brien and Robert Sprague. Republican U.S. Senate candidates include Melissa Ackison, Don Elijah Eckhart, Mike Gibbons, Don Kiley, and Jim Rinacci.
Depending on the voter’s precinct, additional candidates may be on the ballot. Voters South Webster, as well as the townships of Porter, Valley, Jefferson, Madison, Rush, Green, Harrison, Vernon, and Bloom vote for 6th district Congressional Representatives. Candidates include Werner Lange (D), Shawna Roberts (D), Robert J. Blazek (R), and Bill Johnson (R).
Voters will also be voting, depending on precinct, on State Central Committee candidates.
In Portsmouth, candidates are as follow: Pristilla Ricketts (D), Jonathan Phillips (D), Jeanette Langford (D), Mich Nyawalo (D), Emily Cobb-Thomas (D), Jane Saddler (D), Todd M. Bryant (R), Michael M. Merean (R), Patricia S. Smith (R), Mark S. Hunter (R), Maddeline C. Caudill (R), Brady A. Womack (R), Michael Bennet (R), Will Mault (R), Shawn Stratton (R), and Kelly J. Hunter (R).
In New Boston, Candidates are Jon Mills (R), Eric Brown (D), Ryan Ottney (D), and Walter R. Maynard.
In Clay Township, Candidates are Tammy L. Smith (D), Angela Stone (D), Julia Gearheart (R), Kevin Craft (R), and Benjamin Richards (R).
In Green Township, Candidates are Jim Lintz (D), David S. Sparks (R), and David L. Otworth (R).
In Bloom Township, Bandi D. Zimmerman (R) and Rodney H. Barnett (R) will both run uncontested.
In South Webster, republican Merit Smith with also run uncontested.
In Harrison Township, Candidates are David Thoroughman (R), Sharon K. McNelly (R), Bryan K. Davis (R), Randall K. Rucker (R), Seth M. Knore (D), and Eric D. Caudill (D).
In Jefferson Township, candidates are Kim M. Lute (D), Keith A. Chatfield (R), Ron Baker (R), and Delbert R. Duduit (R).
In Madison Township, candidates are KAren Ward (D), David Bennett II (D), Cynthia D. Newman (R), Melinda Lambert (R), David Conkey (R), and Shane Tieman (R).
In Morgan Township, candidates are Roy McCall (R), and Carolyn Powell (D).
In Nile Township, Bill J. Whitaker (R), Sandro Reiser (D), Andrew Feight (D), and Jennifer Hurd (D) will be running as candidates.
For the democrats in Porter Township, candidates are Loretta A. McClure, Randall E. Basham, Andy Copley, Edith C. Mullen, and Vernal G. Riffe IV.
For the republicans in Porter Township, candidates are Thomas A. Martin, Nancy J. McDowell, Kent A. Madden, Russel W. Porter, Carolyn K. Lemons, Daniel Hall, and Lynn McFarland.
In Rush Township, republican candidates are Kay Reynolds, Tim Throck Morton, Beth A. Malone, and Phillip LaJoye; for the democrats, it’s Teresa Knittel and Amber L. Mershon.
In Valley Township, candidates are Clyde Mowery (D), Blaine C. Duduit (R), and Dayne Maple (R).
In Union Township, Rebecca M. Clark runs alone as a republican.
In Vernon Township, candidates are Sandra S. Brandy-Belford (R), Elleen Crawford (R), and Andrew C. Walker (D).
In Washington Township, candidates include Lawrence Collinsworth (R), George Crumm (R), Kathy Shupert (R), Anne E. Davis (R), Cathy E. Coleman (R), Angela Y. Davis (D), and Gwen A. McGraw.
In addition, Ohio voters will also be voting on Ohio Issue 1. Issue 1 is to create a bipartisan, public process for drawing congressional districts. With a majority yes vote, this proposed amendment will end the partisan process for drawing congressional districts, and replace it with a process with the goals of promotion bipartisanship. The purpose of the amendment is to keep communities and district boundaries closer together. This amendment with ensure a transparent process by requiring public hearing and allow public submission of proposed plans. The amendment will also require the General Assembly or the Ohio Redistricting Commission to adopt ne congressional districts for full 10 year period. Also, this amendment keeps plans that pass without significant bipartisan support, the plan cannot remain effective for full 10 year period.
Voters in Valley Township will also be voting on the townships proposed tax levy increase. The levy is to replace a existing levy at 1.5 mills, to 2.5 mills, increasing 1 mill. The levy is for the purpose of providing ambulance services, and cannot exceed 2.5 mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to $0.25 for each $100 of valuation, for 5 years, commencing in 2018. This levy is first due in calendar year 2019.
Voters in Clay Township will also be voting on a replacement tax levy. This levy is for the purpose of providing ambulance services, and may not exceed 1.75 mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to $.175 for one hundred dollars of valuation. This levy is set for a continuing period of time and cill commence in 2018, first due in calendar year 2019.
In addition to these two levies, voters in Harrison Township will also be voting on levy for the purpose of resurfacing streets and roads. The levy may not exceed 2 mills for each dollar of valuation, which amounts to $.20 for every $100 of valuation, for five years, commencing in 2018, first due in 2019.