November election races set

There were no last minute surprises locally as the deadline wound down Monday to submit write-in candidates for the November ballot. However, the local board of elections could still be required to adjust the ballot if candidates filing for state or district races waited until the wire to file in their respective filing counties.

As far as offices decided solely in Washington County, a county commissioner spot is the only contested race this year.

The two county commissioner candidates, Republican Rick Walters and Independent Ray Witten, are both newcomers to the political arena and have been busily learning the ropes.

“I’ve been attending the ice cream and fire department socials, and I’ve been participating in the parades,” said Walters, 58, of Coal Run.

Walters envisions many more parades, township trustee meetings and door knocking efforts in his future.

“My goal between now and Nov. 4 is to get out and introduce myself to as many people as I can that I don’t already know,” said Walters.

There are also two uncontested county races where incumbents Bill McFarland and Timothy Williams will be running for re-election as County Auditor and Judge of Common Pleas Court Probate and Juvenile Division, respectively.

A trio of levies and two alcohol options will also be on the November ballot.

The Frontier Local school district is asking district residents to support a 5.81-mill levy for emergency requirements. The levy would generate $400,000 annually for the next five years and would cost the owner of a home valued at $100,000 approximately $203 annually.

Washington County Children Services is also attempting to pass a levy that would reintroduce the School Outreach Prevention Program into all local school districts.

At 0.55 mills, the 10-year levy is significantly smaller than that which the organization unsuccessfully attempted to pass in 2012.

“The campaigning will be smaller, more focused than last time,” said the organization’s executive director, Jamie Vuksic.

While Children Services’ overall budget is in a more stable place than two years ago, there is no extra money to fund the prevention program, which had great success identifying and addressing family problems through the constant presence of a prevention specialist in schools, said Vuksic.

Salem Township will be campaigning to renew its 2-mill fire and emergency medical protection levy for another five years.

Finally, Mason County E Corp, which operates the Marathon station at 498 Pike St. is seeking the sale of wine and mixed beverages as well as Sunday sales from 11 a.m. to midnight.

A variety of state and national races will pit the two major parties against one another.

Republican incumbent Mike DeWine will be going up against Democrat David Pepper for the office of Ohio Attorney General.

State Treasurer Josh Mandel, a Republican, will go up against Democrat challenger Connie Pillich.

The two state representative districts that encompass Washington County will also be major party races.

In the 95th District, Andy Thompson, R-Marietta, will be attempting to secure a third term as state representative against Charlie Daniels, D-St. Clairsville, who challenged Thompson in the 2012 election.

Thompson said he is focused on running a positive campaign in the coming months.

“My work is dedicated to taking the prosperity we’ve seen already in my district and magnifying that,” said Thompson.

In the 94th District, incumbent Debbie Phillips, D-Albany, will be facing off against Fleming resident Yolan Dennis, a Republican.

For the 6th District Congressional District, which encompasses all of Columbiana, Gallia, Jefferson, Lawrence, Meigs, Monroe, Noble and Washington counties, and portions of Athens, Belmont, Mahoning and Scioto Counties, two Marietta residents will go head to head. Incumbent Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, will face off against Democrat Jennifer Garrison.

The general election will be held Nov. 4 with polls scheduled to be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.