Gallia sees no primary or spring special elections

By Dean Wright -

GALLIA COUNTY — Gallia County will not see a spring primary May 2 due to a lack of applying candidates in accordance with area ordinances to stipulate the need for a primary and there will be no special elections in spring either.

According to Gallia County Board of Elections Deputy Director Dale Whitt, Gallipolis Municipal Judge Eric Mulford has no Republican opponent and so therefore will automatically run in the November election. Seven candidates running for Gallipolis City Commission would have made for a primary but only six are running: Albert “Tony” Gallagher, Beau Sang, Cody Caldwell, Aaron Buckley, Erin Buckley and Matt Johnson.

City Commissioners would have attempted to place a one percent income tax increase before voters aiming at using ballot language that would say “A majority affirmative vote is necessary for passage. Shall the Ordinance providing for a one percent (1%) increase on income for public safety operations … be passed?”

Commissioners dropped “and capital” after public safety operations wording in a previous commission meeting. The city had twice previously attempted to pass the language with the “and capital” wording with no success.

Rio Grande is also attempting to pass a measure with language saying “Shall the ordinance providing for the renewal of an existing levy providing for a half (1/2%) percent increase over the current one (1%) percent levy on income for police and fire protection wages/ benefits, equipment, supplies, and apparatus, for calendar years 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 be passed?”

All townships this year have two trustee positions open for the coming November election as well as a fiscal officer. Gallia County Local Schools Board of Education has three open positions. Two positions are open on the Gallipolis City Schools Board of Education.

Non-partisan candidates for election such as those running in municipal, township and school have until Aug. 9 to file for candidacy in the November election.

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

By Dean Wright