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2019 Election Guide

Schlicher named mayor

Marietta voters sought a new direction for the city Tuesday, unseating the city’s longest-serving mayor, Joe Matthews, with Republican challenger Josh Schlicher. “I just appreciate everyone’s support and the voters who turned out,” said Schlicher as the final precinct numbers came in ...

Belpre hands Mike Lorentz another term

BELPRE — Mike Lorentz will be returning for a fourth term as mayor of Belpre following Tuesday’s general election in Washington County. An incumbent Democrat, Lorentz was challenged for the office by Republican Judith Drake and Romel Henderson, an independent. Lorentz received 636 ...

Two Warren board members keep seats

Voters in the Warren Local school district decided to keep the status quo in the board of education election Tuesday. Two of the four-year seats on the board were up for election, with three candidates: Debbie West, who won a fifth term on the board, Sidney Brackenridge, the board vice ...

Most township, county issues pass

With the exception of three levies in New Matamoras and the Marietta City Schools bond levy, issues in Washington County passed easily in Tuesday’s election. A 1-mill replacement levy for fire and emergency services in Fearing Township passed with 83.66 percent of the vote, or 215 votes for ...

Weber retains Lowell mayor’s seat

Incumbent Lowell Mayor Steven Weber was re-elected Tuesday night, beating David Hanes by seven votes. Votes were 48 for Weber and 41 for Hanes, with Weber winning with 53.93 percent of the vote over Hanes’ 46.07 percent. “I just want to thank everyone for supporting me. It’s the will ...

Bond issue fails

The room was dark and hushed as the second set of numbers played in a projected image against the wall. Some quick math, with the absentee vote added to the first round of live voting day numbers, showed that the Marietta City Schools levy proposal was behind by more than 400 votes, lagging 43 ...

Township trustee races Washington County

These are the results of the contested races for township trustees in Washington County. The other trustee races were uncontested. Adams Township: ¯ Joshua Harris 198 ¯ Michael W. Woodford 104 Decatur Township: ¯ Terry Welch 59 ¯ Trent Yoho 74 Fairfield Township: ¯ Donald ...

Third Ward will have new leadership

After three terms representing the city’s third ward, Councilman Steve Thomas was unseated Tuesday by Republican Challenger Bill Gossett. “I’m ecstatic,” said Gossett, 49, after tallying the votes of all three precincts at the Washington County Board of Elections. “I’m just ...

Most township, county issues pass

With the exception of three levies in New Matamoras and the Marietta City Schools bond levy, issues in Washington County passed easily in Tuesday’s election. A 1-mill replacement levy for fire and emergency services in Fearing Township passed with 83.66 percent of the vote, or 215 votes for ...

Mayor candidate: Schlicher

Joshua (Josh) D. Schlicher ¯ Age: 42. ¯Address: 909 Lancaster St. ¯ Political Party: Republican. ¯ Occupation: President of Marietta City Council, Managing Principal Member of Schlicher Construction and Development, LLC (22 years). ¯ Previous public offices held: President of ...

Mayor candidate: Matthews

Joe A. Matthews ¯ Age: 80. ¯ Address: 966 Lancaster St. ¯ Political Party: Independent. ¯ Occupation: Marietta mayor. ¯ Previous public offices held: Marietta mayor. 1. Is the state-mandated role of safety-service director needed? When would you fill that position and what would ...

Mayor candidate: Noland

Harley Noland ¯ Age: 67. ¯ Address: 434 Bellevue St. ¯ Political party: Democrat. ¯ Occupation: Architectural designer; owner of Trolley Tours Inc.; former owner of Levee House Cafe. ¯ Previous public offices held: Four terms as city councilman at-large. 1. Is the ...

Third ward: Gossett

William (Bill) Gossett ¯ Age: 49. ¯ Address: 802 Sixth St. ¯ Political party: Republican. ¯ Occupation: Owner of Cobbler John’s shoe service. ¯ Previous public office held: Appointed to Marietta Blight Removal Task Force Committee, 2017. 1. Marietta’s Third Ward covers a ...

Third ward: Thomas

Steve Thomas ¯ Age: 64. ¯ Address: 713 Warren St. ¯ Political party: Democrat. ¯ Occupation: Not provided. ¯ Previous public office held: Eight years as Third Ward city council member. 1. Marietta’s Third Ward covers a diverse range in housing and business interests but ...

City council: Uncontested

Susan Vessels is uncontested for the Marietta City Council president position. She will be a new addition to council. Below is her statement to residents: Marietta’s strengths can be enhanced with vision, attention to detail and hard work. As city council president, I will lead a team that ...

Lowell mayor: Weber

Steven Weber ¯ Age: 74. ¯ Address: 233 Third St.. Lowell. ¯ Occupation: Retired Ohio State Trooper , 32 years service; currently mayor of Lowell. ¯ Past public offices held: Former member of the Muskingum River Advisory Board and The Ohio State Parks Commission; former Washington ...

Lowell mayor: Hanes

David Hanes ¯ Age: 62. ¯ Address: 180 Third St., Lowell. ¯ Occupation: Retired. ¯ Past previous public office held: Past member of the water board. 1. A levy was passed in 2017 for the village’s general fund and to keep the street lights on. How will you be a responsible steward ...

Marietta City Schools levy

Voters in the Marietta City Schools district will have a long-term school construction levy to consider. The levy proposes to raise about $55 million, with repayment over 37 years, to build a new single-campus, three school complex on property adjacent to Washington State Community College. ...

Additional levies in Washington County

Along with the Marietta City Schools bond levy and new operational levy in New Matamoras, the following levies will also be on the ballot: ¯ Fearing Township: Replacement levy, 1 mill, fire and emergency services ¯ Watertown Township: Additional levy, 1.3 mills, fire ¯ Salem Township: ...

New Matamoras levy

New Matamoras village residents have an additional operating levy to consider after passing a 2-mill levy in 2017 authorized for five years. The additional levy adds 5 mills to the municipality’s anticipated budget for five years if passed. “We lose funding from the state every year,” ...