Voters to decide on candidates, levies

By Sarah Hawley -

MEIGS COUNTY — As voters in Meigs County head to the polls on Tuesday to cast their ballots in the general election, it is likely that the results of several races will not be known until the official vote count is held between 11 and 21 days following the election due to the number of write-in candidates and potential provisional ballots.

Voters in Middleport Village, Syracuse Village, Racine Village and Southern Local School District will all have the option to vote for write-in candidates.

In Middleport there are four open council seats, with one candidate on the ballot, plus four write-in candidates.

In Racine, there are four open council seats with three candidates on the ballot and one write-in candidate.

For Syracuse Council, there are five candidates on the ballot, plus one write-in, for the four open seats.

As for Southern Local Board of Education, there are three to be elected. There will be two candidates on the ballot, plus four write-in options.

Voters in the Southern Local School District also have the option of one write-in candidate for the district’s spot on the Athens-Meigs ESC Board.

In addition to the races with the write-in candidates, voters in Pomeroy and Rutland will be voting on council seats, with Pomeroy also voting to fill the unexpired mayor term. Eastern and Meigs Local will be voting on Board of Education candidates.

Several village and townships have levies on the ballot, in addition to three county-wide levies, one multi-county levy and two statewide issues.

County-wide levies include the 2.95 mill levy/bond issue for the proposed Meigs County Correctional facility; the 1 mill levy renewal for the Meigs County District Public Library; and the 1.6 mill levy for the Meigs Council on Aging which combines and replaces two expiring levies (a 1.1 mill and a .5 mill).

All three levies have been detailed in previous editions of The Daily Sentinel.

The multi-county levy concerns the University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College. The college is seeking a 1 mill replacement to their continuing levy initially approved in the 1970s.

As of Friday around noon, 767 individuals had already cast early or absentee ballots through the Meigs County Board of Elections.

A complete list of candidates for the November election is as follows:

Village Council (four to be elected)

Middleport (May filing deadline) — Sharon Older; write-in candidates: Ruby Vaughan, Emerson Heighton, Carolyn French and Brian Conde.

Pomeroy — Nicholas Michael, Victor Young III, Brian Young, Thomas Proffitt and Philip Ohlinger.

Racine — Ashli Peterman, Ian Wise and Robert Beegle; write-in candidate: Kevin Dugan.

Rutland — Stephanie Dillon, Kip Grueser and Kimberly Wilford.

Syracuse — Barry McCoy, David Poole, Michelle White, Eber Pickens Jr. and Tom Weaver; write-in: Casey Pickens.

Village Mayor

Pomeroy (unexpired term end 2019) — Don Anderson

Township Trustee (two to be elected)

Bedford — Shawn Hawley, Eldon Leon Sauters and Bob Jones.

Chester — Jeromee Calaway, Paul Morrison, James Hawthorne and Alan Holter.

Columbia — Marco Jeffers, Gary Carr, Thomas A. Smith Sr. and Don Cheadle.

Lebanon — Gary Cooper, Vincent Gray, Gerrad Perry, David Rose and Donald Dailey.

Lebanon (unexpired term end 2019, one to be elected) — Matthew Evans.

Letart — Dave Graham and Michael Roush.

Olive — Austin Bailey, William Osborne, L. Brian Collins and Larry Life.

Orange — Michael Guess, Chad Nelson and Roger Ritchie.

Rutland — Jamie Fortner, David Davis and Steve Lambert.

Salem — Jack Ervin, Eddie Howery and H. Dannie Lambert.

Salem (unexpired term end 2019, one to be elected) — Rebecca Johnston.

Salisbury — Bill Spaun and Robert Ball.

Scipio — Tammy Andrus and Roger Cotterill.

Sutton — Howard “Buddy” Ervin, Joseph Nottingham, James (Tony) Carnahan, Adam Johnson, Alan Crisp and Larry Smith.

Board of Education

Eastern (two to be elected) — Sammi Mugrage and Amanda Reed.

Meigs (two to be elected) — Heather Hawley, Jayson Tillis, Ryan Mahr and Steven Vance.

Southern (three to be elected) — Dennis Teaford and Brenda Johnson; write-in: Kent Wolfe, Thomas Woods, Tom Theiss and Don Smith.

Athens-Meigs ESC Board (Southern) — write-in: Mony Wood.

In addition to the candidates, there are several local issues and levies to appear on the ballot, in addition to two statewide issues.

Levies and Issues

Levies and Issues approved by the Secretary of State’s Office for ballot placement are as follows:

State Issue 1 — Marsy’s Law. The proposed amendment to the Ohio Constitution would expand the rights of victims and require the rights of victims be protected as vigorously as the rights of the accused.

State Issue 2 — Ohio Drug Price Relief Act. Would require state agencies to not pay more for prescription drugs than the federal Department of Veterans Affairs and require state payment of attorney fees and expenses to specific individuals for defense of the law.

Meigs County Sheriff’s Office and Correctional Facility — 2.95 mill, new levy with the intent to sell bonds for the construction and operation of the proposed 71-bed correctional facility and administrative offices.

Meigs County Senior Center (Council on Aging) — 1.6 mill additional levy. This levy will replace two expiring levies, valued at 1.1 mill and .5 mill, which expire at the end of this year, according to Executive Director Beth Shaver.

Meigs County District Public Library — 1 mill renewal for current expenses. This levy was first approved by voters in 2012.

Rio Grande Community College — 1 mill replacement. This levy would replace a levy approved by voters in the mid-1970s, bringing the tax collected to current property values, rather than the values from the 1970s.

Pomeroy Village — Current Expenses, 1.9 mill renewal; Fire Protection, 1 mill renewal.

Syracuse Village — Current Expenses, 1 mill renewal; Police Protection, 2 mill renewal; Electric Aggregation.

Chester Twp. — Fire Protection, 2 mill replacement.

Sutton Twp. — Current Expenses, 0.4 mill additional.

Columbia Twp. — Road Maintenance, 1.2 mill renewal.

Olive Twp. — Road Maintenance, 2 mill renewal.

Rutland Twp. — Cemetery Operations, 1 mill renewal.

Eagles of Pomeroy — A local option to allow the Sunday sale of liquor at the Eagles in Pomeroy.

By Sarah Hawley

Sarah Hawley is the managing editor of The Daily Sentinel.

Sarah Hawley is the managing editor of The Daily Sentinel.