GALLIA COUNTY — Gallia County residents who have registered to vote will be preparing to decide the fate of a variety of prospective government issues and officials as Nov. 3 approaches.
Voters are asked to bring identification to all voting locations. These may include an unexpired Ohio driver’s license or state identification listing the voter’s present residential address and is printed in the official list of registered voters for the given voter’s precinct. Military identification is accepted. A photo identification provided by the U.S. government or the State of Ohio that has the voter’s name and current address with a not passed expiration date. Current utility bills with the voter’s name and present address are also accepted. A current paycheck with the voter’s name and address can also suffice.
According to the Gallia County Board of Elections website, of the precincts available for individuals to vote in the county, persons who live in Gallipolis City Precinct 1 can vote at Saint Peters Episcopal Church, Precinct 2 votes need to appear at Grace United Methodist Church and Precinct 3 voters should appear at Gallia Early Childhood Center.
Those living in Addison Township can vote at Addaville Elementary School. Cheshire Township voters should head to the Cheshire Townhouse. Clay Township voters can cast their election choices at Clay Elementary School. Gallipolis Township voters should head to the Senior Citizens Center. Green Township voters in Precinct 8 should head to the Gallia County Health Department. Green Township voters in Precinct 9 should head to the C.H. McKenzie Building. Voters in Green Township Precinct 10 should head to the Gallipolis Christian Church.
Green Township Precinct 11 voters should head to Gallia Academy High School. Greenfield Township voters should head to the Greenfield Community Center. Guyan Township Precinct 13 voters should head to the Crown City Fire Department. Guyan Township Precinct 14 voters are expected to appear at South Gallia High School. Harrison Township voters should head to the Harrison Township Fire Department. Huntington Township voters should head to the Vinton Elementary School. Morgan Township voters should head to the Morgan Center Townhouse. Ohio Township voters should head to the Ohio Township Firehouse. Perry Township voters should head to Southwestern Elementary School.
Centerville precinct voters should head to the Community Christian Fellowship Church. Raccoon Township voters should head to Rio Grande Elementary School. Bidwell Precinct 22 and Springfield Township precinct 23 voters should head to River Valley High School. Springfield Township Precinct 24 voters should head to Rodney Pike Church of God, and Walnut Township Voters should head to the Walnut Township Townhouse.
Of the candidates and issues voters face this general election season, Gallipolis City voters must choose two city commission representatives from among Steven Wallis, Michael Brown and Michael Fulks. Gallipolis Township must vote in one trustee and choose between Lloyd Danner and Steven Marxen. James Allen currently stands as the only candidate for fiscal officer in Gallipolis Township.
Gallipolis City Schools Board of Education candidates are Robert Cornwell, John O’Brien, Amee Rees and Morgan Saunders. Voters can choose not more than three from the list.
Any registered voters living within Gallia Local Schools district shall choose new members for its board of education. Voters may select a maximum of two candidates from among the names Terry Halley, Beth James, Brent Schultz, Billy Swain and John P. Davis II.
Joan Cornelius sits as the sole candidate for a spot on the Governing Board of the Educational Service Center for Gallia-Vinton sub-district 7.
Thomas Metcalf is the sole candidate for a spot on the Governing Board of the Educational Service Center for Gallia-Vinton sub-district 5.
Stephen Saunders is the sole candidate running for an unexpired term ending Dec. 21, 2017, for the Governing Board of the Educational Service Center sub-district 6 serving Gallia and Vinton Counties.
Addison Township voters will need to select one trustee representative from candidates Mike Blaine, Wayne Clonch, Charles Martin and David Russell. Deborah Hughes sits as the sole candidate for township fiscal officer. Addison Township is also anticipated to vote yes or no on a renewed tax levy in support of fire protection and emergency medical services.
Cheshire Township has one candidate running for township trustee, Joseph Roush, and one for township fiscal officer, Amy Edwards.
Clay Township has two trustee candidates and voters can choose one. Tammy Gray and Michael Harrison are running for the seat. Wanda Waugh is the sole candidate for township fiscal officer.
Green Township has two candidates for township trustee with only one available seat to be taken. Tony Beck and David Holley are running. Lana Lane is the sole candidate for township fiscal officer.
Greenfield Township has two candidates and one spot for township trustee. Voters may pick either Randall Hammond or Bradley McCormick. The township also has two individuals running for the seat of township fiscal officer, Debrah Bartels and Brenda Lewis.
Daryl Hager is running for the mayor’s seat of Crown City. Paul Dillon and Sharon Rankin are running for village clerk. Eddie Fulks, Kathy Johnson, Brenda Sanders and Lawrence Unroe Junior are running for village council seats. Voters may select two.
Individuals living in Guyan Township may vote for Tim Caldwell. Candidates running for an unexpired township position that ends Dec. 31, 2017, are Linda Caldwell, John Cardwell, Scott Ferguson and Thomas Wright. Voters can select two from the list. Timothy Clary and Debra O’Dell are running against one another for the sole spot of township fiscal officer.
Lawrence County Educational Service Center candidates running for positions on the Governing Board of the Educational Service Center are Jeannie Shafer and Jeffrey Floyd. Voters can select two for the positions.
Harrison Township voters may choose between Kimberly Cade and Jack Slone for a township trustee position. Toni Ford is the sole choice for township fiscal officer.
Huntington Township voters may choose between Brian Marcum and Roger Meade for a township trustee position. Lisa Harder is running for township fiscal officer.
Richard Eblin and Joshua Whealdon are running for the seat of mayor of Vinton. James Casto is the sole candidate for a spot on the village council.
Morgan Township trustee candidates are Randal Adkins and Charles Smith. Voters may choose one. Voters may also choose John Manley for a township trustee unexpired term that ends Dec. 31, 2017. Robert Bence is the sole candidate for township fiscal officer.
Ohio Township may choose one candidate from between Raymond Gibson and Mike Waugh. Scott Gibson is the sole candidate running for township fiscal officer.
Bradley Davis and John Ehman are running for a single town trustee position in Perry Township. Cheryl Ruff is the sole candidate for township fiscal officer.
Charles Metzler is the sole candidate running for township trustee in Raccoon Township. Ruth Millhone is the sole candidate for township fiscal officer.
Eugene Layton is the sole candidate running for mayor of Centerville. David House and Denise Karr are against one another for the position of village clerk. Chris Burns and Marlin Rose are running for village council. Voters may choose them both.
Robert “Matt” Easter is the sole candidate running for mayor of Rio Grande. Scott Morgan is the sole candidate running for village council. Sandra Perry is the sole candidate running for a seat on the Board of Trustees of Public Affairs.Village members are also asked to vote upon a proposed ordinance involving electric aggregation in the village. The ordinance would allow village officials to enter service agreements to facilitate sales and purchase of electrical service. The ordinance says individuals may opt out of the aggregation, however.
Springfield Township has three candidates running for the position of township trustee with only one available seat. Harold Benson, David Cox and James Thevenir are competing for the position. Pam Riley and Philip Skidmore are competing for the position of township fiscal officer.
Walnut Township has two individuals running for one township trustee seat. Mark Salyers and John Straight are competing against each other. Jane Saunders-Miller is the sole candidate for township fiscal officer.
All of Gallia County will be asked to vote on a sales tax levy that would raise the tax by one-quarter of 1 percent. If approved, the funds would be used for the relocation and reconstruction of facilities used for the Gallia County Junior Fairgrounds.
All of Ohio is being asked to vote on a series of three state constitutional amendments. Issue 1 asks voters to approve an amendment changing the process of how legislative districts are drawn. It asks for more public meetings as well as the displaying of district maps. A bipartisan commission would be created of both political parties in hopes of making a more fair process for the drawing of legislative district lines to prevent gerrymandering. Voters are asked to approve or disapprove the measure.
Issue 2 asks voters to approve or disapprove an anti-monopoly amendment which would supposedly protect government processes from being used for personal economic benefit. It asks voters to prohibit petitions from using the Ohio Constitution to grant monopolies, oligopolies or other groups exclusive financial benefit to establish a preferential tax status. It also would prohibit petitioners from using the constitution to grant commercial interests, rights or license not available to similarly situated individuals or nonpublic entities. It also specifically addresses issue three in an attempt to prevent the amendment from passing.
Issue 3 asks the public to approve a monopoly for the commercial production and sale of marijuana for recreational and medicinal purposes. The amendment would grant exclusive growth and extraction rights to self-designated land owners who own ten predetermined land parcels in Butler, Clermont, Franklin, Hamilton, Licking, Lorain, Lucas, Delaware, Stark and Summit Counties.
Individuals wishing to learn more about the upcoming general election should visit Gallia County Board of Elections in the Gallia County Courthouse or visit gallianet.net.
Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.