Election season is underway. The voter registration deadline has passed, and the first day of early voting has commenced. New trustees and school board members will be up for election across the county.
The deadline to register to vote in time for the Nov. 7 election was Oct. 10. The day following early voting started across the stated. Scioto County voters will make decisions on two state and one county tax levy as well electing for various public offices.
The two state issues on the November ballot will be State Issue 1: Rights for Crime Victims and State Issue 2: Prescription Drug Pricing. Scioto County voters will also decide on a proposed tax levy for the Adams, Lawrence, Scioto Counties Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) board.
Issue 1 is designed to protect victim rights including:
• the right to privacy and to be treated with respect, fairness, and dignity;
• the right to information about the rights and services available to crime victims;
• the right to notification in a timely manner of all proceedings in the case;
• the right to be present and heard at all court proceedings, including the right to petition the court to protect the victim’s rights;
• the right to a prompt conclusion of the case;
• to refuse discovery requests made by the accused, except as authorized by Article I, Section 10 of the Ohio constitution;
• the right to reasonable protection from the accused;
• the right to notice of the release or escape of the accused; and
• the right to restitution. The proposed amendment would not establish a cause of action for damages or compensation against the state or any political subdivision.
If approved, the amendment will be effective 90 days after the election.
Issue 2, if passed, will 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 .
The ADAHMS board levy is proposed as an additional tax for the benefit of the joint county alcohol, drug addiction, and mental health service district for the purpose of current expenses by the ADAMHS Board, at a rate not exceeding 1 mill for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to $0.10 for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for 5 years, commencing in 2017, first due in calendar year 2018.
South Central Ohio Educational Service Center (ESC) will also be electing governing board members. There are three seats open but only two candidates running. Candidates are Trampus Puckett and Lowell Howard.
The City of Portsmouth will elect three council members. First Ward Councilman Kevin W. Johnson will be running against Sean Dunne. In the Third Ward, Kevin E. Johnson will be running against Jerry Skiver. And, Fifth Ward Councilman Gene Meadows will be running for re-election against write-in candidate Hannah Storey.
Portsmouth Municipal Judge Russell Kegley is running unopposed. Portsmouth City Schools will be electing new school board members. Running are Barbara Borden-Gibson and Dave Huffman.
New Boston will also be voting in new council members and school board members. Both Ryan Ottney and Johnny Whisman are running for New Boston Council. Running for the New Boston school board are Nancy Clever, Elaine Newberry-Evans, Melissa Maple-Williams and Katie S. Ottney.
Voters in Otway have two seats open for township trustees. Steve Brown is the only candidate on the ballot. Write-ins will be accepted. Northwest Local Schools are also voting in school board members. Candidates for school board include Jim Compton, Lloyd Eichenlaub, Dana Lee Jenkins, Adam Jones, Andy Lintz and Jason Taylor. There are three seats available.
There will also be a Council race in Rarden with only two candidates – James Estep and Roger McAllister – running for the four open seats. Rarden voters living in the Northwest District will also decide on members for the Northwest School board; meanwhile, those in the Scioto Valley School District will choose three candidates for school board. However, the only candidates running are Brian Fuller, Wayne Smith and Brandon Woodridge. Voters in the district will also vote for governing board members for the Ross-Pike County Educational Service Center (ESC). Jan Leeth and Timothy Willliams are running for the two ESC slots. Rarden voters will also be electing two trustees from the four candidates – Michelle Adams, Clayton Miller, Jerrald Osborne and Frank Williams.
The Village of South Webster also has two council candidates running for four open seats. Candidates are Charlie Boggs and Mitchel McCoy. Three candidates are running for the two trustee seats available. Candidates are Duane Hagen, Ron Kanouse and Brandon Shamhart. South Webster will also vote in three school board members. Running for school board are Timothy Horner, John McHenry, Charles L. Queen, Randall Simmering and Brandi Zimmerman.
Voters living in Clay Twp., will also be voting in trustees and school board members. Five candidates are running for two township trustee seats. Candidates are Brad Benner, Tim Hines, Justin Horsley, Howard K. Richard and Tony Whitt. Running for the three school board seats are Donald E. Caseman Jr., Craig Gilliland and Brian Hicks. Clay Twp., also has a proposed replacement of a tax levy on the ballots for the purpose of providing for construction, paving and repaving of roads and bridges at a rate not exceeding 1.5 mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to $0.15 for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for 5 years, commencing in 2017, first due in calendar year 2018.
Green Twp., trustees will elected for two seats. Running are Steve Ruggles and Noah Waddell. They are also electing three school board members. Running for school board are Amber Blanton-McCalvin, Sandra D. Cherry, Thomas Davis and Rusty Gleim. Green Twp., also has a replacement and increase tax levy on the ballot. The levy is a replacement of 2 mills of an existing levy and an increase of 0.25 mill to constitute a tax for the benefit of Green Township for the purpose of fire protection including purchasing fire equipment at a rate not exceeding 2.25 mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to $0.225 for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for a continuing period of time, commencing in 2017, first due in calendar year 2018.
Harrison Twp., will have two trustee seats open. Vying for the seats are Todd Cron, Jim Fyffe, Steve Martin, Robert L. Raby and Calvin H. Seibert. Competing for three school board seats will be Jon Coriell, Stephen Crabtree, Barbara A. Dever, Shane Mougey, Joe Stockham and David Bennett.
Donald Buckle and Earl Canter are running for the two trustee seats open in Jefferson Twp. Matt Perkins is the only candidate running for the two school board seats.
In Madison Twp., three candidates – Jim Preston, John Raby and Chris Rase – are running for the two trustee seats. Voters in Madison Twp., will also vote on David Bennett, Jon Coriell, Stephen Crabtree, Barbara A. Dever, Shane Mougey and Joe Stockham.
Morgan Twp., will be electing two trustees. Candidates include Terry Altman, Shane Marcum and Russ Montgomery. Morgan Twp., voters will also be voting on Northwest School Board members.
Alex Bloomfield, Leichia Davis, Jerry L. Evans and Craig S. Hazelbaker will be competing for the Washington-Nile School Board member seats. Edward Lee Hileman is also running for an unexpired school board seat, which will expire Dec. 31, 2019. Voters in Nile Twp., will also be choosing two trustess. Running are Craig J. Opperman and Matt Reiser.
Porter Twp., voters will also choose two trustees. Trustee candidates include Dennis DeCamp, Bobby Holsinger, Kent A. Madden, Dee Mauk and Steve Sturgill. Wheelersburg School District will also elect three school board members. Running are Jonathan Eaton, Matt Miller and Donna Cunningham.
Rush Twp., will be electing two trustees. Candidates are Tim Knittel and Phil LaJoye. Rush Twp., voters will also vote for Northwest School Board members.
Union Twp., will also be election two trustees from candidates Brian R. Howell, Mike Mitchell, Sam Nickles and Roger Webb. They will also vote on Northwest School Board members.
In Valley Twp., voters will choose two trustees from candidates Danny Edwards, Melissa L. Horsley, Angela Malone and David See. They will also vote on Valley School Board members; however, the only candidate is Matt Perkins.
Voters in Washington Twp., will choose two township trustees from candidates Scott Bauer, Ross Hamilton and Jim McGraw. They will also be selecting school board members for the Washington-Nile School Board.
More information can be found by contacting the Scioto County Board of Elections at (740) 353-4718 or by visiting www.electionsonthenet/oh.scioto. Absentee ballots can also be accessed at the aforementioned link. Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Election Day 2017 on Nov. 7.
Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.