ASHLAND -- In this November’s election, Ashland County residents will have a say in several local elections.
They’ll select representatives for city and village councils, township board of trustees and school boards, as well as determine the fate of various ballot issues.
The Ashland County Board of Elections Director Shannon Johnson encourages voters to come prepared by viewing their sample ballot online at ashlandvotes.us or via a new app, called Ohio Voter Info., which came with the board’s recently acquired voter registration system.
“Voters can use the app to find their polling location, view the status of their absentee ballot, watch election results and study their sample ballot,” Johnson said.
She explained that the app will direct users to the Ohio Secretary of State’s website if they have moved and not updated their address. Once there, they can update their information and then will be directed back to Ashland County’s information.
Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 5, or early voting hours for the election are as follows:8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21 through Friday, Oct. 25, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28 through Friday, Nov. 1, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3 and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4.
Meet the candidates
Twelve candidates and representatives for Hillsdale School Levy and the Ashland County Health District Levy will speak at the Chamber’s 2019 Candidates and Issues Forum from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21 at the Salvation Army Kroc Center, 527 E. Liberty St. in Ashland.
These include four candidates running for two seats on Ashland City Council, one candidate for Loudonville Village Council, two candidates for Montgomery Township trustee, one candidate for Milton Township trustee, two candidates for fiscal officer in Hanover Township and one candidate for fiscal officer in both Jackson and Clear Creek Townships.
The event it free and open to the public.
City and village races
In the city of Ashland, two council members face challengers. Voters can choose between incumbent Dan Lawson or Sandra L. Bally for council-at-large representative and between current council president Steve N. Workman or Duane R. Fishpaw, who formerly served as the city’s interim mayor, for first ward council representative.
The city of Ashland’s finance director Larry Paxton and law director Richard P. Wolfe each are running unopposed for re-election.
The mayors' seats are up for grabs in Loudonville, Mifflin and Perrysville.
Loudonville mayor Steve Stricklen faces a challenge from current councilman, Thomas A. Young. Mifflin mayor Victoria Shultz is opposed by Freddie L. Craig. In Perrysville, voters will have a choice between incumbent Heather A. Mullinnex and current councilman Jonas R. Bush.
The incumbent mayors of Bailey Lakes, Hayesville, Jeromesville and Savannah all are running unopposed.
Polk mayor Donald E. Foster III has not filed to seek re-election, and no one else has filed for the seat. The village also lacks candidates for two open village council seats and two seats on the board of public affairs.
Village council races are contested in Bailey Lakes, Loudonville and Mifflin. Two council members will be chosen in each of those races.
Candidates in Bailey Lakes are Cynthia A. Gaubatz, Tina Killion, Jeffrey D. Ling and Randy Ramsthaler. Candidates in Mifflin are Joyce C. Amos, Jillian DeLaRosa and Connor N. Wilson. Candidates in Loudonville are Brandon T. Biddinger, Michael Robinson, Bill Welsh and Matthew F. Young.
On the other hand, village council candidates are running uncontested in Hayesville, Perrysville and Savannah.
In the Perrysville race, Melissa Eggerton is the only candidate who successfully filed for the two open seats on the village council before the Aug. 7 deadline. Another candidate, Lonnie Harris II, was disqualified Lonnie Harris II from the Perrysville council race due to a "fatal error" on his petition, Johnson said. Harris had left blank the required circulator statement at the bottom of his petition.
School board races
The race for Ashland City Schools board of education is uncontested, but the board will see two new faces in 2020 as current board members Bryan F. Lefelhoc and Lindsey C. Saffle are not seeking re-election.
Current board member Zackery N. Truax, who has been serving in the unexpired term vacated by Will Gravitt, filed to run for a four-year seat rather than for the remainder of his term. Newcomer Brandon Wells also filed for one of the open four-year seats while Dustin Kruty filed to finish out Truax's term through 2021.
Loudonville-Perrysville and Hillsdale school board races also are uncontested.
In Loudonville-Perrysville, John D. Carroll is seeking re-election and Judy A. Briggs filed for a seat vacated formerly held by Kathleen E. Adams, who is not running for re-election.
In the Hillsdale school district, Nicholas D. Atterholt is unopposed in his bid for an unexpired term, and John Cutlip and Amy Jarvis are unopposed in their bids for the two open four-year seats in the district. Alicia M. Parker is listed as a write-in candidate.
Another, Joshua Hlavaty had initially applied to oppose Cutlip and Jarvis, but he was disqualified from the ballot for lack of sufficient signatures on his petition.
In the Mapleton schools, four candidates are running for three open seats. Candidates are incumbents Thomas H. Donley, Shawn Grundy and Timothy R. McKean as well as challenger Melissa VanHoose.
Several trustee and fiscal officer races are contested in townships throughout the county.
In Milton Township, voters will choose between Richard Kamenik and Deb Wertz for one open township trustee seat.
In Sullivan, Mohican and Montgomery Townships, there are three candidates for one open trustee seat. For Sullivan Township, the candidates are Tab Bloom, Suzanne Fayak and Walker Hartman; for Mohican Township, the candidates include John A. Baldner, Steve D. Moffett and Michael Mutchler; and for Montgomery Township, they are incumbent Daniel Kamburoff, Trudy Bates and Joshua S. Boley.
The election of fiscal officers in Clear Creek, Hanover and Jackson Townships are also contested.
In Clear Creek Township, candidates include Kelly I. Bracken, Leighanna Cawrse and Nicholas J. Stuart.
For the next fiscal officer in Hanover Township, voters will choose between Rita K. Henley and Kimberly Rush.
And in Jackson Township, candidates for the fiscal officer position are Christine M. Galazka and Cheryl Welch.
Questions and issues
Clear Creek Township is seeking a five year, 2 mill replacement tax levy for roads and bridges.
Jackson Township precinct No. 1 will decide on a beer and wine sales request from Country Pride Surplus Grocery.
Lake Township is seeking a five year, 1.5 mill renewal and increase tax levy for fire protection and emergency medical services.
Ruggles Township is seeking a five year, 1.3 mill renewal and increase tax levy for fire protection and emergency medical services.
Vermillion Township is seeking a five year, 1.5 mill renewal tax levy for roads and bridges as well as a five year, 0.4 mill renewal tax levy for parks and recreation.
Hillsdale Local School District is seeking a five year, 20.1 mill renewal tax levy for current expenses and a five year, 1.4 mill renewal tax levy for permanent improvements.
Ashland County Health District is seeking a five year, 0.45 mill replacement and increase tax levy for current expenses.
Polk-Jackson-Perry Fire District is seeking a five year, 0.5 mill renewal tax levy for fire protection and emergency medical services as well as a five year, 1.4 mill renewal tax levy for fire protection and emergency medical services.
Voters in the city of Ashland's precinct 3-C will decide on a ballot issue to allow the sale of beer, wine and mixed beverages and spirituous liquor by Ashland ANA, LLC as well as the sale of wine and mixed beverages and spirituous liquor by Ashland ANA, LLC on Sunday between the hours of ten a.m. and midnight.
The village of Hayesville is seeking a five year, 1.5 mill renewal tax levy for current expenses.
The village of Jeromesville is seeking a five year, 1 mill renewal tax levy for current expenses.
Voters in the village of Mifflin is will decide on an initiative petition to adopt an ordinance to repeal Mifflin Village Ordinance 09-2010 establishing for a 1 percent income tax. They will also vote on a referendum on Resolution No. 23-2018, authorizing the mayor and fiscal officer to contract for a hearing officer for the speed enforcement program as well as an initiative petition to adopt an ordinance to repeal Mifflin Village Ordinance 09-2010 establishing for a 1 percent income tax.
The Village of Polk is seeking a five year, 2.5 mill renewal tax levy for current expenses.
A complete list of candidates and issues can be downloaded below.
Be sure to check Ashland Source daily over the next week for coverage that dives deeper into several of these contested races.