Gallia ballot rundown


By Dean Wright - deanwright@civitasmedia.com



GALLIA COUNTY — As election day finally approaches this Tuesday, voters will decide the fate of the country in what is arguably the most contentious presidential election in recent American history.

While being a presidential election year, the public should also remember a variety of local issues being voted upon in their home counties as well. Here are a few of the issues and candidates being presented for voters to select Tuesday.

Ballots in all of Gallia voting stations can be expected to vote on the presidential race. Donald Trump, Republican, is running for U.S. President with his vice president candidate partner Michael Pence. Hillary Clinton, Democrat, will be running for U.S. President with her vice president candidate partner, Tim Kaine. Richard Duncan will run for president with vice president candidate partner Ricky Johnson as nonparty candidates. Gary Johnson will run for president with vice president candidate partner William Weld. Jill Stein, Green Party, will run for president with vice president candidate Ajamu Baraka.

For the U.S. Senate, Tom Connors will be running as a nonparty candidate. Joseph DeMare will be running for the Green Party. Rob Portman will run for the Republicans. Scott Rupert will run as a nonparty candidate. Ted Strickland will run for the Democrats.

Bill Johnson will run as the Republican candidate for the Ohio 6th District Representative seat in Congress. Michael Lorentz will run for the Democrats.

Ryan Smith, Republican, runs unchallenged for a seat as State Representative of the 93rd District.

Brent Saunders, Republican, runs unchallenged for a spot as Gallia County Commissioner. Mark Danner runs as an independent candidate for another seat as Gallia County Commissioner against opponent Republican David Smith.

Jeff Adkins, Democrat, will run for Gallia County Prosecutor against Republican Jason Holdren.

Noreen Saunders runs unopposed for Gallia Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas.

Joseph Browning, Democrat, will be running against Republican Matt Champlin for Gallia County Sheriff.

Roger Walker runs unopposed for Gallia County Recorder. Bretth Boothe runs unopposed for Gallia Engineer. Daniel Whiteley runs unopposed for Gallia Coroner.

Republican Steve McGhee runs for Gallia County Treasurer against independent candidate Pam Riley.

Margaret Evans runs against William (Bill) Medley for the spot of Judge of Gallia County Court of Common Pleas.

Braydon Bevens runs against Nick Owens for the 10th District Seat on the State Board of Education.

Maureen O’Connor runs unopposed for Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court. Pat Fischer and John O’Donnell run against one another for a seat as Justice on the Supreme Court. Pat DeWine and Cynthia Rice run against each other for another seat as Justice on the Supreme Court.

Valarie Gerlach runs against Matthew McFarland to be come Judge of the 4th District Court of Appeals.

Th City of Gallipolis is proposing a 1 percent increase in income tax for what it has been calling the police levy. Only residents of Gallipolis may vote on the levy.

The exact language of the ballot voters will see says,” Proposed Municipal Income Tax, City of Gallipolis, Gallia County Ohio. A majority affirmative vote is necessary for passage. Shall the Ordinance providing for a one percent (1%) increase on income for public safety operations and capital expenses to be effective January 1, 2017 be passed?”

Voters will be asked to vote for or against the issue. Several residents contacted Ohio Valley Publishing to point out the city recently received a new patrol car. However, city officials say the vehicle was paid for as of August 18, 2016. City officials say the cruiser was purchased with already appropriated funds from the previous year’s budget planning. The vehicle is currently being outfitted in a garage with standard technical gear.

Clay Township residents are asked to vote for or against a renewal of the fire protection and emergency medical services “at a rate not exceeding one and three-tenths (1.3) mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to thirteen cents ($0.13) for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for a period of five (5) years, commencing in 2017, first due in calendar year 2018.”

Green Township residents are asked to vote for or against a renewal of the fire protection and emergency medical services” at a rate not exceeding one (1) mill for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to ten cents($0.10) for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for a period of five (5) years, commencing in 2017, first due in calendar year 2018.”

Greenfield Township residents are asked to vote for or against a renewal of the fire protection and emergency medical services” at a rate not exceeding one (1) mill for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to ten cents($0.10) for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for a period of five (5) years, commencing in 2017, first due in calendar year 2018.”

Crown City residents will be asked to vote for or against the renewal of a tax “for the benefit of the Village of Crown City for the purpose of fire protection at a rate not exceeding one (1) mill for each dollar of valuation, which amounts to ten cents ($0.10) for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for a period of five (5) years.”

Guyan and Ohio Township residents are asked to vote for or against a renewal of the fire protection and emergency medical services in District 2 joint fire district “at a rate not exceeding two (2) mill for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to twenty cents ($0.20) for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for a period of five (5) years, commencing in 2016, first due in calendar year 2017.”

Harrison Township residents are asked to vote for or against a renewal of the fire protection and emergency medical services” at a rate not exceeding one (1) mill for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to ten cents($0.10) for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for a period of five (5) years, commencing in 2017, first due in calendar year 2018.”

Perry Township residents are asked to vote for or against a renewal of the fire protection and emergency medical services” at a rate not exceeding one (1) mill for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to ten cents($0.10) for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for a period of five (5) years, commencing in 2017, first due in calendar year 2018.”

Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.

By Dean Wright

deanwright@civitasmedia.com