Election Day on Tuesday

From staff reports

With three days of early voting remaining for Washington County voters, more than 2,800 residents have already cast their ballots in Tuesday’s General Election, according to the Washington County Board of Elections.

Last November, a presidential election year, more than 8,500 Washington County residents voted early, while in 2015 that number was about 1,100.

Early voting remains available at the board of elections, 204 Davis Ave., Suite B, Marietta, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday. All voting on Tuesday will take place at polling places, from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

There are two measures on the ballot for all county voters: a five-year, 0.5-mill behavioral health levy and a contested race for Marietta Municipal Court Judge.

The tax levy would be used to support prevention, treatment and recovery programs for children, adolescents and adults at risk for mental illness and substance use disorders.

The levy proposal would cost $17.50 per year for the owner of a home valued at $100,000 for the next five years. It would nearly double the Washington County Behavioral Health Board’s operating budget.

In the only county-wide race, Marietta Municipal Court Judge Janet Dyar Welch will face challenger Paul Bertram, law director for the city of Marietta.

Also on the ballot, Marietta City Council has a contested race for at-large council seats, with three seats open and four candidates running. There are also two candidates running for both the third and fourth ward council seats.

In addition, there are contested board of education races for the Marietta City, Warren Local and Frontier Local school districts. There are levies on the ballot for Belpre (police and fire), Fearing Township (roads/bridges and fire/emergency protection), New Matamoras (operating levy), Lowell (operating levy), Newport Township (fire and

emergency protection), Warren Township (fire and emergency protection) and Watertown Township (fire and emergency protection).

Most townships in the county also have two seats available for trustees in this election.

In Belpre, there are contested council races for three at-large seats with four candidates, as well as second and fourth ward seats.

New Matamoras has five candidates seeking four council spots.

Sample ballots and polling places can be found at washingtongov.org/board of elections.

For full stories on many of the Washington County races and two state issues on the ballot, visit mariettatimes.com.