It’s Election Day 2017 In Ohio
By Mike Perleberg
(Harrison, Oh.) – Voters in Ohio are going to the polls Tuesday to help shape the future of their communities.
The polls opened at 6:30 a.m. and will close at 7:30 p.m. on November 7. Voter turnout is expected to be fairly light across most of Ohio.
Voters can find their registration status, polling location, and sample ballots at MyOhioVote.com.
Ohioans will decide a pair of statewide issues. Issue 1 is also known as “Marsy’s Law,” a constitutional amendment that would require crime victims are notified of all court hearings and the right to have input on plea deals and receive restitution.
Issue 2 is the controversial Ohio Drug Price Relief Act. It would force state agencies to pay less for prescription drugs than the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Here is a look at local issues and races of importance:
A handful of contested races are on the ballot, including a bond issue and tax levy in the Southwest Local School District. It’s the third time Southwest Local Schools have attempted to pass a bond issue for new facilities in a district that is experiencing rapid enrollment growth, but is burdened by deteriorating facilities.
If the 38-year levy passes, the school district plans to put the $71.7 million in new revenue into building three new schools and renovating Harrison High School. However, property taxes would increase by $244.65 per year for each $100,000 in market value
Voters in the Southwest Local and Three Rivers school districts must also decide school board races. Incumbent Mike King is seeking re-election on the Southwest Local Schools Board of Education, but he is challenge by Susan Robard and Randy Shank in a race for just two available board seats.
In the Three Rivers Local School District, there are four candidates vying for just three Board of Education positions with four-year terms. Incumbents Jim Murphy and Stephanie Stafford face challengers Steve Bartholomew and Ryan McDonald.
A Harrison City Council race has five candidates hoping to not be the odd man out for four council member at-large seat. They are Ethan Dole, Urbano Galindo, Ryan Grubbs, Michael Mains, and Carol Wiwi.
In the Village of Cleves, four village council members will be selected from among five candidates. Kevin Burns, Stephen Myers and Tiffiney Myers are on the ballot, but Ron Hatfield and Todd Williams are write-in candidates.
Cleves Mayor Jan Rouse is running uncontested for re-election.
Issue 11, a safety services levy, is on the ballot in the Village of Cleves. While raising property taxes about $122.52 each year on a home valued at $100,000, it would generate $195,652 per year for the village. The money would prevent cuts to Cleves’ police department and pay for 911 dispatch fees and contracting with Miami Township for fire and EMS services.