Area voters head to polls Tuesday

By LOU WILIN
STAFF WRITER

Hancock County voters on Tuesday will decide a Republican county commissioner race, and help determine the winner of a three-way Republican contest for state senator.

Residents of the Van Buren School District will vote on a 6.9-mill, 37-year bond issue. The bond issue would generate $29.3 million to build classrooms and a new gym at the middle school and high school.

Voters in the Findlay, Arcadia and McComb school districts are being asked to renew school taxes. And voters throughout the county are being asked to renew a levy for Blanchard Valley Center.

Voter turnout in the primary is uncertain. County and state officials no longer predict turnout. But four years ago, with a similar slate of offices up for election, 23 percent of Hancock County voters cast ballots.

One statewide race and one statewide issue are on the ballot. Ohio Democrats will nominate either Larry Ealy or Edward FitzGerald to challenge Republican John Kasich’s bid for re-election as governor in November.

Ohio voters will decide whether to have the state issue bonds for public works like roads and bridges, water and sewer systems and landfills.

In the Republican contest for Hancock County commissioner, Stephen Oman is challenging Commissioner Phillip Riegle’s bid for another term. No Democrats are running.

State Sen. Cliff Hite, R-Findlay, also faces a primary challenge from within his party. Hite represents Ohio’s 1st Senate District. Vying with him for the Republican nomination are Milo Schaffner of Van Wert, and Corey Shankleton of Kunkle.

The 1st Senate District includes Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Putnam and all or parts of seven other counties.

Voters in the 1st Senate District also will decide three races for State Central Committee seats.

Competing for the Republican woman’s committee seat are incumbent Cheryl Buckland of Findlay, and challengers Julia Horton of Delta, and Joan Zimmerly of Ottawa.

For the Republican man’s committee seat, incumbent Frank Guglielmi of Findlay is being challenged by James Horton of Delta.

For the Democratic man’s committee seat, incumbent Charles Gray of Defiance is being challenged by Jeffrey Detmer of Findlay.

Voters throughout Hancock County will decide whether to renew a 2.5-mill, five-year levy for the Hancock County Board of Developmental Disabilities, which oversees Blanchard Valley Center.

Findlay School District voters are being asked to permanently renew a 5.9-mill levy for operations. The tax, which expires Dec. 31, currently has a five-year term.

Arcadia School District voters are being asked to renew a 1 percent, five-year income tax for operations.

In the McComb School District, voters will decide whether to renew a half-percent, five-year income tax for operations.

A 1.5-mill, five-year additional levy is being sought in Union Township to help finance a fire station that would combine the Mount Cory and Rawson volunteer fire departments under one roof.

Appleseed Emergency Medical Service, based in Arlington, is seeking a 0.6-mill replacement levy for five years for operations.

These are major primary election issues in surrounding counties:

Allen County

Two Republicans, Kurt Neeper and Bob Cupp, are vying for their party’s nomination to represent the 4th District in the Ohio House. Allen County is the 4th District.

Allen County voters also will consider an additional 1-mill, five-year tax for the Mental Health & Recovery Services Board of Allen, Auglaize and Hardin counties.

Bluffton School District voters will decide whether to renew and increase a 4.9-mill, five-year levy for operations. It would be renewal because the tax was for 4.9 mills when voters first approved it in 1999. It would be an increase since it would be based on district property values in 2014 instead of 1999.

Hardin County

Brad Wingfield is challenging Hardin County Commissioner Brice Beaman in the GOP primary.

Three countywide levies are on the ballot.

The Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Allen, Auglaize and Hardin counties is seeking an additional 1-mill, five-year tax for operations.

A 0.35-mill, five-year tax is being sought by Ohio State University Extension for 4-H, agriculture and natural resources, family and consumer sciences, and community development. It would replace a 0.4-mill tax that expires Dec. 31.

Hardin County Board of Developmental Disabilities is seeking renewal of a 4-mill, five-year tax for operations.

Ada School District is seeking renewal of a 2.9-mill, five-year tax for permanent improvements.

Hardin Northern Public Library is seeking an additional half-mill, five-year tax to fund additional hours of operation and new books.

Henry County

Republicans Robert McColley and Jason Rockey are vying for the Republican nomination for the 81st District seat in the Ohio House. The district includes Putnam, Henry and Williams counties and the southeast corner of Fulton County.

Patrick Henry School District is seeking to replace a 1.9-mill tax for permanent improvements. The new tax would be permanent.

Deshler voters will consider a 2.1-mill, five-year tax for police protection.

Holgate voters will consider two tax proposals. An additional 2-mill, five-year tax would be for the village swimming pool. An additional 1-mill continuing tax would be for parks and recreation.

Putnam County

Putnam County Prosecutor Gary Lammers is trying to unseat Probate and Juvenile Court Judge Michael Borer in the Democratic primary. No Republicans are running for the judgeship.

Republicans Robert McColley and Jason Rockey are vying for the Republican nomination to represent the 81st District in the Ohio House. The district includes Putnam, Henry and Williams counties and the southeast corner of Fulton County.

Brookhill Center is seeking an additional 1.6-mill, 10-year tax for operations and for building maintenance.

Seneca County

Philip Frankart and Mike Kerschner are vying for the Republican nomination for county commissioner. No Democrats are running.

Three Republican write-in candidates are seeking their party’s nomination for the 88th District seat in the Ohio House. Competing are Rhonda Damschroder, Richard Geyer and Bill Reineke Jr. The district comprises all of Sandusky and part of Seneca County.

Hopewell-Loudon School District voters are being asked to renew a 5.24-mill, five-year emergency tax for operations.

Wood County

Three candidates are vying for the Republican nomination for Wood County commissioner: Kristi Kennelly, James Matuszak and Doris Herringshaw.

Wyandot County

A three-way contest is being waged for the Republican nomination for county commissioner: Ed Boutwell and Robin Schuster are challenging Commissioner Ron Metzger. No Democrats are running.

Carey School District is asking voters to renew a 1 percent, five-year income tax for operations.

Mohawk School District wants voters to renew a 1 percent, five-year income tax for operations.

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