Gallia BOE ready for Tuesday primary

By Dean Wright -

GALLPOLIS — Gallia County, along with the rest of Ohio, is gearing up for the March 15 primary election.

Florida and Ohio will be voting the same day for respective party presidential candidates. In Ohio, Hillary Clinton, Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente and Bernie Sanders will be running under the Democrat banner. And despite some having suspended their campaigns, Republicans Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, John Kasich, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Rick Santorum and Donald Trump are running on the ticket.

Don Elijah Eckhart and Rob Portman will be running on the Republican ticket for U.S. Senate; U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson will be running to retain his 6th District seat in Congress; Maureen O’Connor is running for chief justice on the Ohio Supreme Court; Both Pat Fischer and Colleen Mary O’Toole are shooting for spots as justices on the Ohio Supreme Court; Pat DeWine is also running for Supreme Court; and Matthew McFarland is running to become a judge of the 4th District Court of Appeals.

Phil Bowman and James Rosendahl are running for spotson the State Central Committee. Wendy Sizemore and Bonnie Ward are also running for the State Central Committee.

Gallia County native and incumbent state Rep. Ryan Smith, R-Bidwell, is running to retain his seat in Ohio’s 93rd District; Margaret Evans will be running for a spot as Gallia County Judge of Common Pleas; Brent Saunders will be running for a spot as a Gallia County Commissioner; and both David Smith and Mike Brown will be competing for another spot as Gallia County Commissioner.

Jason Holdren will be running for Gallia County Prosecutor; Noreen Saunders will run for Clerk of Court for Common Pleas; Matt Champlin is running for a shot at Gallia County sheriff; Roger Walker will be running for County Recorder; Steve McGhee will run for County Treasurer; Brett Boothe is running for the position of Gallia County Engineer; Dr. Daniel Whiteley is running for County Coroner; and David Evans will run for a shot as a member of the County Central Committee.

On the Democrat ticket, Kelli Prather, P.G. Sittenfeld and Ted Strickland will be running for U.S. Senate; Michael Davenport and Michael Lorentz are running to serve as the 6th District’s representative for Congress; John O’Donnell and Cynthia Rice are running for a position as justice of Ohio’s Supreme Court; Valarie Gerlach and Paul Rice are running for a position as judge of the 4th District Court of Appeals; Incumbent Jeff Adkins is running to stay on as Gallia County prosecutor; Joe Browning is running for a chance to continue serving as Gallia County sheriff; and Robert Jenkins is running for a spot on the county Central Committee.

Residents of Gallipolis are being asked to vote yes or no on a possible 1 percent income tax increase to fund public safety operations and capital expenses. They are also being asked to vote yes in establishing a local liquor option for the Downtown Gallipolis Revitalization District.

Ballot language asks Gallipolis residents, “Shall the sale of beer and intoxicating liquor be permitted on the days of the week other than Sunday and between the hours of 10 a.m. and midnight on Sunday, in the Downtown Revitalization District, a community facility as defined by section 4301.01 of the Revised Code, and described as those areas zoned for Neighborhood Commercial, Office Community Service, Historic Residential District, and Historic Urban Square District which border those Streets from Vine to Sycamore, and those Avenues from First to Fourth as well as Neighborhood Commercial Zone near Vinton Avenue and State Route 160?”

County residents are being asked to once again consider a proposed sales and use tax increase across the county. Ballot languages states, “The Board of County Commissioners of Ohio of Gallia County proposes to levy an increase of one-fourth of one percent in the sales and use tax for the purpose of relocating the Gallia County Fairgrounds out of a floodplain, and the associated construction and equipping of facilities necessary for conduction the Gallia County Fair, Associated Youth Activities, The French 500 Flea and Farmer’s Market, and other events/activities for a period not to exceed 20 years. Shall the resolution of the Gallia County Commissioners proposing a 1/4 percent sales and use tax increase be approved?”

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Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.

By Dean Wright