LIMA — With the passing earlier this week of the deadline for candidates to place their names on Nov. 5 general election ballots, contested races are assured in many municipal and school board races throughout the five-county area that comprises The Lima News’ coverage area.
And the tiny Van Wert County village of Wren stands poised to lead the way in the decriminalization of marijuana.
Meanwhile, in several instances the failure of any candidates to file for office could leave voters with no choices at all.
Elections officials in all counties stressed that candidates and issues have not yet been officially certified.
Four incumbents have filed for re-election to seats on the Lima City Council, including Council President John Nixon, Sam McLean in the 2nd Ward, Rebecca Kreher in the 4th Ward and Derry Glenn in the 6th Ward.
Challengers for those seats include Josiah Mathews for council president, Tony Wilkerson in the 2nd Ward, Peggy Ehora in the 4th Ward and Cleven Jones in the 6th Ward.
In other contested races in Allen County, voters in Elida will have a choice for mayor between Kim Hardy and Claude Paxton, while residents of Lafayette will have no choice at all for the top executive’s spot as no candidate filed for mayor.
Five candidates are seeking three seats on the Lima school board. Those hopefuls include Chris Garlock, Andrea Guice, Michael Ley, Sandra Monfort and Maralee Sullivan.
Five candidates have also filed for three seats on the Bath school board: Michael Armentrout, Rob Foley, Timothy McKinney, Jackie Place and Phil White.
In two separate races for seats on the Delphos school board, Jason Grogg and Edward Weilacher have filed for an expired term on the board, while Erika Illig, Tony Wiechart and James Wisher are candidates for two Jan. 1 seats.
Kathy Meyer, director of the Allen County Board of Elections, said the deadline for write-in candidates to file declarations of candidacy is Aug. 26. In the case of seats for which no candidate has filed, Meyer said that in most cases current office-holders are permitted to retain their seats until someone is elected to fill the seat. If that individual does not want to remain in office they must officially resign from the position, Meyer said.
Among money issues to be determined by Allen County voters in November are:
Allen County Children Services: Seeking a .75-mill, 5-year renewal levy
American G: Aldi is seeking the Sunday sale of wine and mixed beverages
Bath A: R&R Takhar Operations/Marathon, is seeking Sunday sale of wine and mixed beverages
Lima 3A: Thomas Ritchie/Somewhere … seeking Sunday sale of wine, mixed beverages and spirituous liquor
Several contested races and a number of money issues await voters in Auglaize County on Nov. 5.
In Wapakoneta, incumbent mayor Thomas Stinebaugh is being challenged by write-in hopeful Brandon Terrill, while four candidates are seeking three at-large council seats. Those candidates include Rodney Metz, Chad Dunlap, Terry Campbell and Rachel Barber.
Seeking the Wapakoneta 1st Ward Council seat are James Neumeier and Ross Kantner. No candidate filed for the 3rd Ward council seat.
In a race for the position of mayor of Buckland, Daniel Lambert and Timothy Detty are the candidates. In Cridersville, Frank Oen and Rick Walls will square off in the mayoral race, while Rick Allen, Joseph Bailey and Stacey Cook are candidates for two council seats.
Thomas Herkenhoff, Craig Oldiges and Nicole Clune are seeking two council seats in Minster, while the race for mayor of New Bremen pits Robert Parker against Craig Hoffman. Brent Richter and Jacob Larger are candidates for a single council seat there.
In the lone contested school board race in the county, Brian Little, Ronda Shelby and Bob Valentine are seeking two seats on the St. Marys school board.
Among the money issues on the ballot in Auglaize County are:
Village of Cridersville — 2-mill, 4-year replacement levy for operating expenses.
Village of New Bremen — 2-mill, 5-year replacement levy for ambulance and EMS
Upper Scioto Valley Career Center — 1.5 mill continuing levy for current expenses
Voters in Putnam County will have only a handful of decisions to make involving contested municipal offices.
In Fort Jennings, Tony Recker and James Smith will square off in the mayoral contest while candidates for the same position in Leipsic include Cher Barnes, Kevin Lammon and Tony Wobler.
Four candidates are seeking three seats on the Ottawa Village Council. Those hopefuls include Matthew Black, Jo Deskins, A. Jeff Ducey and Troy Yant.
Seeking two seats on the Ottoville Village Council are Tyler Albridge, William Miller and Joseph Moreno.
Contested races are assured for seats on the Continental, Leipsic and Pandora-Gilboa school boards.
Seeking two seats on the Continental school board are Katie Clementz, Brian Donaldson and Derek Heitzman.
The four candidates seeking three seats on the Leipsic school board include Cindy Erickson, Emily Liffick, Timothy Nadler and Barry Ward.
The seven candidates for three seats on the P-G school board include Angie Basinger, Brandy Hovest, Marcia Hovest, Vance Nofzier, Jill Torres, Richard Wahl and Vanessa Wilson.
Money issues on the ballot in Putnam County include:
1.25-mill, 5-year property tax renewal for 9-1-1 system
0.7-mill, 5-year property tax renewal for mental health and alcohol/drug treatment and prevention
1- mill, 5-year property tax renewal for current expenses
2-mill, 5-year property tax renewal for fire equipment
.5-mill, 5-year additional property tax for street construction and maintenance
3-mill, 5-year property tax renewal for police protection
1.2-mill renewal and decrease for current expenses
Kalida — 1.40-mill, 5-year property tax renewal for current expenses
Ottoville — 1.30-mill, 5-year replacement levy for current expenses
West Leipsic — 2-mill, 5-year renewal for current expenses
Columbus Grove school — .75%, 5-year income tax renewal
Jennings Local School District - .75%, 5-year income tax renewal
Three candidates are seeking election as mayor of Kenton and five hopefuls are seeking seats on City Council in a relatively light slate of candidates in Hardin County.
Voters for mayor in Kenton will pick from among Lynn Jones Webb, Joseph Hord and Tim Leffler, while candidates for an at-large seat on city council include Patricia Risner, Peg Wren, Robin Jones, Tom Taylor and Byrd Hall.
Seeking the voters’ nod as mayor of Alger are Don Hensley and James Summa. Four candidates for two seats on the Forest Village Council include Derek Hastings, P.J. Noascono, Poretta Perkins and John Parthemore.
Money issues on the November ballot include:
Ada Public Library — 1-mill, 5-year additional levy for current expenses
Taylor Creek Distilling Co. — sale of spirituous liquor and Sunday sales
Hardin County Sheriff — 1-mill, 5-year replacement levy for criminal justice services
Bennett Enterprises LLL dba Ralphies — Sunday liquor sales
BKP Ambulance District — 2-mill replacement and increase levy for ambulance and/or EMS
Ridgemont Local School District — .75%, 5-year income tax renewal for current expenses
VAN WERT COUNTY
Three hopefuls have filed as candidates for the position of mayor of Van Wert. The candidates are Don Farmer, Stephen “Joseph” Jared and Kenneth Markward.
There are no contested races for other city offices.
In Middle Point, Mark Dickman and Kenneth Myers are the candidates for mayor. In Venedocia, Vernon Hobbs and Matthew King are the mayoral hopefuls.
Four candidates are seeking two seats on the Lincolnview board of education. Those include Kirk Berryman, Bradley Coil, Michelle Gorman and Stuart Wyatt.
Among the money issues to be decided by Van Wert County voters are:
Middle Point — Renewal for current expenses not exceeding 1.3-mills; and a renewal for fire expenses not exceeding 3-mills.
Ohio City — Renewal not exceeding 5-mills for fire protection and maintenance of equipment
Willshire — 3.0-mill, 5-year renewal for fire expense
2.0-mill, 5-year renewal for current expenses
1.0-mill, 5-year renewal for current expenses
On-premise consumption of wine and mixed beverages
Wren — Renewal levy not exceeding 2-mills for EMS services.
And the question posed in Wren follows: “Question: Shall the village of Wren adopt sensible marihuana ordinance which allows the lowest penalty for misdemeanor marijuana offense to the lowest penalty allowed by state law.”