ASHLAND - Voters throughout Ashland County will head to the polls this November to select their representatives on city and village council, township board of trustees and school boards as well as to determine the fate of various ballot issues.
The filing deadline for the Nov. 5 election was Wednesday, Aug. 7. This article is based on an unofficial list of candidates and issues from the Ashland County Board of elections. The board will meet Aug. 12 to certify candidates and issues to the ballot, and a final list will be released Aug. 13.
City and village races
In the city of Ashland, council-at-large representative Dan Lawson faces a challenge from Sandra L. Bally and first ward council representative Steve N. Workman faces a challenge from Duane R. Fishpaw. Finance director Larry Paxton and law diretor 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 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 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 candidates are running uncontested in Hayesville, Perrysville and Savannah.
Meanwhile, 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 Loudonville are Brandon T. Biddinger, Michael Robinson, Bill Welsh and Matthew F. Young. Candidates in Mifflin are Joyce C. Amos, Jillian DeLaRosa and Connor N. Wilson.
School board and township 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's school board race also is uncontested, with John D. Carroll seeking re-election and Judy A. Briggs filing 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. For two open four-year seats, voters will choose between John Cutlip, Joshua Hlavaty, Amy Jarvis and Alicia M. Parker. Cutlip and Parker are incumbents.
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 also contested in townships throughout the county. Candidates for each race can be found in the list at the bottom of this article.
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.