Candidates, issues to appear on ballot

By Eddie Mowen Jr. -

PREBLE COUNTY — Voters in Preble County will have more than a presidential candidate to select when they go to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

At the county level, only one race is contested. Incumbent Preble County Commissioner Chris Day (Rep.) will face off against Joseph E. Renner for the seat Day currently holds, for a term beginning Jan. 2, 2017.

Uncontested seats appearing on the ballot include incumbent County Commissioner Denise Robertson, Prosecuting Attorney Martin Votel, Clerk of Courts Christopher B. Washington, Sheriff Michael Simpson, Recorder Jeanne Creech, Treasurer Brenda K. White, Engineer R. Kyle Cross, and Coroner Mark S. Vosler.

Also uncontested on the ballot is Maureen O’Connor for Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court. For Justice of the Supreme Court, Pat Fischer and John P. O’Donnell will square off, as will Pat Dewine and Cynthia Rice for a second seat.

Robin N. Piper and Mike Powell will appear uncontested for two position on the 12th District Court of Appeals.

President and Vice President options include Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine (Dem.), Richard Duncan and Ricky Johnson (Nonparty), Gary Johnson & William Weld, Jill Stein & Ajamu Baraka (Green) and Donald J. Trump & Michael R. Pence (Rep.)

For U.S. Senator, voters will see Tom Connors (Nonparty), Joseph R. DeMare (Green), Rob Portman (Rep.), Scott Rupert (Nonparty) and Ted Strickland (Dem.)

For Representative to Congress, 8th District, Steven Fought (Dem.), Warren Davidson (Rep.) and Derrick James Hendricks (Green) will appear.

State Representative for the 43rd District candidates include Jeff Rezabek (Rep.) and David B. Sparks (Dem.)

Voters will also be asked to decide several municipal tax issues. Those include:

•For the City of Eaton, a 0.5 percent income tax renewal, Jan. 1, 2017-Dec. 31, 2019.

•For the Village of Camden, for current operating expenses, a renewal of a 4-mill, 5-year levy.

•For the Village of Camden, for police protection, a renewal of a 6-mill, 5-year levy.

•For the Village of Lewisburg, a 5-year, 1-mill renewal for parks & recreation.

•For the Village of West Alexandria, renewal of a 1.4-mill, 4-year levy for current operating expenses.

•For the Village of West Alexandria, a 1.5-mill, 4-year renewal for current operating expenses.

•For the Village of West Elkton, renewal of 1.25 mills for 5 years, for emergency ambulance and medical service.

Tax measures to be decided for the townships include:

•For Gasper Township, a 2.1-mill, 5-year replacement levy for fire and EMS services.

•For Harrison Township cemetery operations, a renewal of 0.6 mill for 5 years.

•For Harrison Township roads, an additional, 1 mill for 5 years.

•For Jackson Township roads, a renewal of a 1-mill, 5-year levy.

•For Jefferson Township, roads and bridge, an additional, 1 mill for 5 years, including the Village of New Paris.

•For Monroe Township, for fire protection, a renewal, of 0.4 mill, for 4 years.

•Also for Monroe Township, for cemetery maintenance, an additional, 0.5 mill for 5 years.

•For Somers Township cemetery maintenance, a renewal, 0.6 mill for 5 years.

• For Twin Township, fire and ambulance services, a renewal, 2 mills for 5 years (excluding the Village of West Alexandria.)

• For Washington Township, ambulance services, emergency medical services or both, an additional, 1 mill for 5 years.

Voters residing in several area school districts will also be asked to support their schools, in measures ranging from renewal taxes to bond issues for school construction.

Those living in the Brookville Local School District are being asked to approve renewal of two existing taxes, 8.99 mills, for a continuing period of time.

Preble Shawnee Local School District residents are being asked to approve an income tax of 0.75 percent, for 23 years, for permanent improvements, and a 2.5-mill bond issue for a maximum of 37 years, for constructing new schools.

In the Tri-County North LSD, voters are being asked for a renewal of a 2-mill, 5-year levy for improving and renovating school buildings and providing equipment, furnishings and site improvements.

Twin Valley Community Local School District residents are being asked for a renewal of a 0.75, 5-year income tax for current expenses, to begin Jan. 1, 2018.

Residents who live in the Valley View LSD, are being asked to approve a 5.48-mill bond issue, for the local share of school construction, max of 38 years.

Issue 23 is a local option for Sunday sales of wine and mixed beverages and spirituous liquor for Lanier Northwest Precinct, American Legion Post 0322.

Issues 24 and 25 are countywide issues all Preble voters will be asked to decide.

Issue 24 is a renewal of a 0.4-mill, 5-year levy for Preble County Job & Family Services, Children Services Division.

Issue 25 is a 1-mill, 5-year renewal for Preble County, for providing and maintaining senior citizens services and facilities “by and through Preble County Council on Aging.”

By Eddie Mowen Jr.

Reach Eddie Mowen Jr. at 937-683-4056 or on Twitter @emowen_RH

Reach Eddie Mowen Jr. at 937-683-4056 or on Twitter @emowen_RH