(Posted Feb. 14, 2018)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
The ballot is set for the May 8 primary election ballot. The Madison County Board of Elections certified candidates and issues on Feb. 13.
Only two races are contested–the one county commissioner seat up for election and one Republican Central Committee seat. The rest of the candidates are running unopposed.
Four individuals are seeking the Republican nomination for the county commissioner seat: Jesse E. Bobo of London, Michael K. Boerger of Mechanicsburg, Chris A. Wallace of Plain City, and Tony K. Xenikis of London. One individual filed to run for the Democratic nomination to the seat: Ronald H. Roach of London.
David Dhume, who currently holds the commissioner seat, opted not to run for reelection. The term is four years and starts Jan. 1, 2019.
Dorrian R. Amling and Bryan D. Dhume are vying to represent Somerford on the Republican Central Committee. The term is for four years and starts on May 21, 2018.
Unopposed candidates include Republican Jennifer S. Hunter of London who is running for reelection to the county auditor seat.
Unopposed candidates for Democratic Central Committee positions are: Howard S. Faust of West Jefferson, Canaan; Kevin L. Stockham of London, Monroe/Pike; and Mark E. Erbaugh of London, Oak Run.
Unopposed candidates for Republican Central Committee positions are: Matt Garman of Plain City, Canaan; Steven C. Adams of London, Fairfield; Timothy W. Amling of London, Deercreek; Bonnie J. Hamilton of London, London 1-B; Joshua M. Clifton of London, London 2; William Charles Long of London, London 3; Nicholas A. Adkins of London, London 4; Charles R. Fisher of London, Monroe/Pike; Timothy A. Ward of West Jefferson, Jefferson Township A; Lowell G. Anderson of Mount Sterling, Mount Sterling; Clyde M. Hughes of London, Paint/Range/Stokes; F. Pat Campbell of London, Choctaw Lake West; Jim J. King of West Jefferson, West Jefferson A; Brenda Y. Lightfoot of West Jefferson, West Jefferson; and Marcella R. Bogenrife of London, Union.
Two county-wide tax issues will appear on the May 8 ballot.
The Madison County Board of Developmental Disabilities is seeking renewal of a 1-mill, five-year levy for operation and maintenance of Fairhaven programs for people with developmental disabilities.
The Madison County Sheriff’s Office is seeking a 1-mill, five-year levy for operating and maintaining the county 9-1-1 system. If passed, the levy would replace the current 0.8-mill levy.
The Madison-Plains Local School District is on the ballot for a 1.25 percent income tax for current operating expenses. If passed, the tax would be in place for five years.
Stokes Township is seeking an additional 0.3-mill, five-year levy for maintaining and operating cemeteries.
Ohio Hi-Point Joint Vocational School District is asking for an additional 0.6-mill levy for a continuing period of time for general permanent improvements. The district is headquartered in Bellefontaine and serves students in Auglaize, Champaign, Hardin, Logan and Union counties. A handful of Madison County residents who live in the Mechanicsburg School District will be eligible to vote on this issue.
Voter registration for the May 8 primary ends on April 9. Absentee voting begins on April 10. Anyone who wants to vote an absentee ballot may request an application by calling the Madison County Board of Elections office at (740) 852-9424 or by visiting the board’s website, www.electionsonthe.net/oh/madison/.