In one week the votes will be counted in Ohio’s almost exclusively mail-in primary election.
Time is running out if you haven’t yet voted for the April 28 primary. Remember, due to the coronavirus, polling stations will not be open.
People who have yet to cast a ballot will need to apply for an absentee ballot by noon Saturday. You can apply for an absentee ballot by printing an application form that’s available online or calling your county elections board to request one. Once a ballot is received and completed, it must be postmarked by April 27, or it can be directly delivered to the voter’s county election board on Election Day.
If you voted early before the March 17 election was canceled, you do not need to do anything.
KEY RACES, ISSUES:
Three local races and an income-tax issue stand out on area ballots.
• Allen County commissioner: With five Republican candidates running for one commissioner’s seat, two candidates could split the majority of votes only to see a third candidate end up with the most votes and a win.
We see it coming down to a three-person race between (in alphabetical order) Greg Stolly, Beth Seibert and Tim Sielschott. The other two candidates — Judy Augsburger and Alan Tyrrell Jr. — will play spoiler.
Stolly has worn many hats in the business world and says his “business mindset” and persistence are qualities the job demands.
Seibert points to her record. She has worked with every commissioner in the past 25 years through her involvement with the Allen Soil and Water Conservation District.
Sielschott, 38, says it is time to welcome a new generation of leadership into Allen County. He sites his financial experience as a plus.
• Delphos schools: It’s pretty simple for Delphos voters. Their school district has already been placed under “fiscal caution” by the Ohio Department of Education. If they don’t pass a 0.5% traditional income tax, the community is going to have a school system that is inching closer to a state takeover.
Delphos is the only district in Ohio with a deficit this year. The district has invoked a hiring and spending freeze; has cut out funding for continuing education of teachers and allows no reimbursements for mileage, hotels or meals. It sold an administrative building for $100,000.
• Auglaize County commishioner: Both Republican candidates have solid fiscal backgrounds, but that ends the similarities between Dave Bambauer of New Knoxville and Steve Henderson of Wapakoneta as they seek the Auglaize County commissioner seat coming open with the retirement of Don Regula.
Bambauer spent 23 years as the fiscal officer for Washington Township. He also has been owner and chief financial officer of Bambauer Fertilizer and Seed Inc. Maintaining and upgrading infrastructure in Auglaize County is high on Bambauer’s priority list.
Henderson has been a fixture on the political and economic development scene in Wapakoneta, serving 20-plus years as president of Wapakoneta City Council and 15 years as vice president of the Wapakoneta Area Economic Development Council. He says he takes pride in building the county job base and sticking up for the little guy.
• Putnam County recorder: It is hard to argue with Lori Rayle’s claim to be the best fit for Putnam County recorder, having served as deputy recorder for the past 15 years. Troy Recker feels he deserves the job being vacated by his ill wife, who is retiring. Recker claims 30 years of property records experience and 25 years as a Putnam County deputy engineer.
The deadline is noon Thursday to have election related letters printed in the Your View feature of The Lima News. If you had a letter published prior to the cancellation of the March primary, you still may submit a letter in April, but letters are limited to one per person.
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