MEIGS COUNTY — The November General Election is less than a week away, but there is still time to either vote early or vote at the polls on election day.
Remaining early voting hours are as follows: Oct. 31 to Nov. 2 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 3 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 4 from 1-5 p.m.; and Monday, Nov. 5 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Early voting takes place at the Meigs County Board of Elections, 113 East Memorial Drive, Suite A in Pomeroy.
Four county-wide offices are up for election in November, two of which are contested. Several villages, townships and two school districts are voting on tax levies, while electric aggregation is on the ballot in Pomeroy and county-wide.
Trenton Cleland and Michael “Mick” Barr are both running for the County Court Judge seat which was held by the late Steve Story.
Incumbent Commissioner Tim Ihle is challenged by write-in candidate Moe Hajivandi for the Meigs County Commissioner seat.
Mary Byer-Hill for auditor and Linda Warner for common pleas judge are both unopposed.
As for levies and issues, electric aggregation is on the ballot in both the county and Pomeroy. A vote for aggregation would allow for the village or county (depending on the issue) to negotiate electric rate for customers in their covered area. Should it be approved, residents would have the option to “opt-out” individually if they do not wish to be part of it.
In Pomeroy, voters are asked to consider a 2 mill additional levy for police protection and a 3 mill additional for fire protection.
In Middleport, voters are to consider a 2 mill additional levy for police protection.
In Rutland Village, voters are asked to consider a 2 mill additional levy for general operating expenses.
Southern Local voters are deciding on a 4 mill renewal levy for current expenses.
Voters in Alexander Local are once again deciding where or not to approve a 1 percent income tax for current operating expenses. This is the fourth attempt for an income tax levy in recent years by the district.
According to the Secretary of State’s website, an additional levy is authorizing a levy which is not already being collected, meaning the tax is in addition to other existing taxes. A renewal continues the existing levy at the rate at which it is currently being collected, based on the same rate of property valuation. A replacement of a levy revalues an existing levy collection rate based on the property valuation at the current time, rather than when the levy was originally put in place.
Candidates and issues for the November Election are as follows:
Governor and Lieutenant Governor — Richard Cordray and Betty Sutton (D), Mike DeWine and Jon Husted (R), Constance Gadell-Newton and Brett R. Joseph (G), Travis M. Irvine and J. Todd Grayson (L);
Attorney General — Steve Dettelbach (D) and Dave Yost (R);
Auditor of State — Robert C. Coogan (L), Keith Faber (R), and Zach Space (D);
Secretary of State — Kathleen Clyde (D), Frank LaRose (R), and Dustin R. Nanna (L);
Treasurer of State — Rob Richardson (D) and Robert Sprague (R);
U.S. Senator — Sherrod Brown (D) and Jim Renacci (R);
Representative to Congress 6th District — Bill Johnson (R) and Shawna Roberts (D);
State Representative 94th District — Jay Edwards (R) and Taylor Sappington (D);
County Commissioner — Tim Ihle (R) and Moe Hajivandi (Write-in);
County Auditor — Mary T. Byer-Hill (R);
Member of the State Board of Education 8th District — Melissa M. Dahman, John P. Hagan, and Kathleen Purdy;
Justice of the Supreme Court — Craig Baldwin and Michael P. Donnelly;
Justice of the Supreme Court — Mary Degenaro and Melody J. Stewart;
Judge of the Court of Appeals 4th District — Marie Hoover and Jason P. Smith;
Judge of the Court of Appeals 4th District — Valarie K. Gerlach and Mike Hess;
Common Pleas Judge — Linda R. Warner (R);
County Court Judge — Michael L. Barr and Trenton J. Cleland.
Issues and Levies
State Issue 1 — Proposed Constitutional Amendment titled the Drug and Criminal Justice Policies Initiative;
County-wide Issue — Electric Aggregation;
Middleport Village — Additional 2.0 mills, for Police Protection;
Pomeroy Village — Electric Aggregation; Additional 2.0 mills for Police Protection; Additional 3.0 mills for Fire Protection;
Rutland Village — Additional 2.0 mills for General Operating Expenses;
Bedford Twp. — Renewal 0.5 mills for Fire Protection and Other Emergency Services;
Lebanon Twp. — Replacement 1.0 mills for Fire Protection;
Letart Twp. — Renewal 1.0 mills for Fire Protection;
Orange Twp. — Additional 2.0 mills for Road Maintenance;
Rutland Twp. — Renewal 1.0 mills for Fire Protection;
Salem Twp. — Additional 0.5 mills for Fire Protection;
Sutton Twp. — Additional 1.0 mills for Fire Protection;
Alexander Local School District — One Percent Income Tax;
Southern Local School District — Renewal 4.0 mills for current expenses.
List of candidates and issues as provided by the Meigs County Board of Elections.
Sarah Hawley is the managing editor of The Daily Sentinel.