2018 is shaping up to be an especially busy year for Ohio voters, with a large number of candidates, on both sides of the aisle, filing for races around the state.
Choices abound, which should increase interest in both the primary and general elections. We hope that interest translates to a high voter turnout statewide.
One example of a “busy” race is the one for governor, where there will likely be 10 candidates altogether on the May 8 primary ballot, with eight on the Democratic side and two on the Republican side.
That number will be reduced after the primary, but a Green Party candidate will be included on the Nov. 6 general election ballot, as could independent candidates, should they decide to run by a May 7 deadline.
All other statewide offices, for secretary of state, attorney general, auditor, Supreme Court, and treasurer, will be contested as well, at least in November, with at least one candidate filing from each major party.
In the U.S. Senate race for one of Ohio’s two seats, incumbent Sherrod Brown doesn’t have a challenger in the Democratic primary, but five Republicans are trying to unseat him.
Meanwhile, every Ohio House seat is expected to be contested come November, since at least one Democrat and one Republican has filed in every district.
There will also be a GOP primary and contested general election in Ohio’s 1st Senate District.
Likewise, congressional races in the 4th and 5th districts will be contested in both May and November.
Even closer to home, a GOP primary will be held for a commissioner’s seat in Hancock County, although, barring an independent, the primary winner will not face opposition come November.
Most candidates are already actively campaigning. Some launched campaigns last year.
Voters have important decisions ahead. The first order of business is to make sure you’re registered by April 9, the deadline to vote in the primary.