Candidates and issues certified for March ballot

(Posted Jan. 3, 2024)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

The Madison County Board of Elections (BOE) has certified candidates, issues, and questions for the March 19 primary election.

The deadline to submit petitions for candidacy, issues, and questions for the ballot was Dec. 20. The BOE completed its certification on Dec. 22. Ohio’s Secretary of State must approve the ballot language for each of the issues and questions.

Candidates for county offices
Of the nine county seats up for election in the primary, only one is contested: the county commissioner seat with a term starting on Jan. 2, 2025. In seven of the other races, current office holders are running uncontested for re-election. No valid petitions were submitted for the county engineer’s race. Candidates listed below are vying for the Republican nomination for their respective seats. All of the seats come with four-year terms.

County Commissioner (term starting Jan. 2, 2025)–Cory Coburn, incumbent Mark Forrest, and Brendan Shea are vying for this seat.

Jim King also filed a petition to run for this seat, but the BOE declared his petition invalid because he registered under “Jim King” rather than under his registered name of “Banca King.”

County Commissioner (term starting Jan. 3, 2025)–Chris Wallace is seeking re-election.

County Engineer–Incumbent Bryan Dhume was the only person to submit a petition for candidacy for this seat. The BOE deemed Dhume’s petition invalid because he entered the incorrect start date for the new term on his declaration of candidacy. As a result, no candidates for county engineer will appear on the primary ballot.

Dhume is eligible to run as a write-in candidate for the seat in the November presidential election. As someone who is party-affiliated, he is not eligible to run as an Independent in the November election. Dhume said his intention at this time is to run as a write-in candidate.

County Prosecutor–Nicholas Adkins is running for re-election.

Clerk of Courts–Erin Bauer, who was appointed last fall to serve out the term vacated by former clerk of courts Renae Zabloudil, is running for a full term as clerk of courts.

County Recorder–Rachel Fisher, who was appointed in February 2023, to serve out the term vacated by former county recorder Chuck Reed, is running for a full term as county recorder.

County Treasurer–Stacey McKenzie is running for re-election.

County Sheriff–John Swaney is running for re-election.

County Coroner–James Kaehr is running for re-election.

Candidates for state offices
Candidates for state offices up for election in Madison County are as follows:

Representative to Congress 15th District–Zerqa Abid, Adam Miller, and incumbent Mike Carey.

State House of Representatives 12th District–Brad Cotton, Patty Hamilton, and Brian Stewart.

State Central Committee (Man)–Brian Gillen, Rob Secaur, and David Todd.

State Central Committee (Woman)–Michelle Anderson.

Issues and Questions
City of London–The city is seeking an additional 0.25 percent income tax for seven years for funding for its fire/EMS department.

Madison-Plains Local School District–The school district is seeking a bond issue for construction of a new facility to serve students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade and career tech.

Range Township–The township is asking for a five-year renewal of a 1.2-mill levy for cemetery maintenance.

Plain City West–The following question is one of two that will appear on the ballot for voters in the Plain City West precinct: Shall the sale of spiritous liquors by the glass be permitted in Plain City West?

Plain City West–The following question is the second of two questions that will appear on the ballot for voters in the Plain City West precinct: Shall the sale of intoxicating liquor of the same types that may be legally sold in this precinct on other days of the week be permitted in Plain City West for consumption on the premises where sold on Sunday at licensed premises where the sale of food and other goods and services exceed 50 percent of the total gross receipts of the permit holder at the premises?

Voter Information
The deadline to register to vote in the March 19 primary election is Feb. 20.

As of Jan. 2, voters can submit applications for absentee ballots for any election taking place in 2024. A separate application must be submitted for each election. Forms are available at the Madison County Board of Elections Office, 288 Lafayette St., London. Office hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Forms also are available on the Ohio Secretary of State’s website, www.ohiosos.gov/elections/voters/absentee-ballot/.

For additional election information, visit the Madison County Board of Elections website at www.boe.ohio.gov/madison/ or call (740) 852-9424.

Deadlines for Independent and write-in candidates for the November election
Nominating petitions for Independent candidates for offices for which a primary election is held must be filed by 4 p.m. March 18. Write-in candidates for such offices must declare their intentions to run by 4 p.m. Aug. 26.

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