Three vying for county commissioner seat; two vying for county treasurer seat

(Posted Jan. 2, 2020)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

The March 17 primary election in Madison County will see two contested races for county seats. Additionally, voters in Plain City will have three issues to consider.

One of the contested races has Darrell Champer of Mount Sterling and Chris Wallace of Plain City challenging incumbent David Hunter of London for one of two county commissioner seats up for election. Incumbent Mark Forrest of West Jefferson is running unopposed for the other commissioner seat.

The other contested race has Ashley Cooper of Mount Sterling and Stacey McKenzi of London vying for the county treasurer’s seat. Incumbent Donna Landis is not running for re-election.

Candidates for all other races on the March 17 ballot are running unopposed:
County sheriff–John Swaney of West Jefferson;
County coroner–James Kaehr of London;
County recorder–Charles Reed of Plain City;
County engineer–Bryan Dhume of London;
County prosecutor–Nicholas Adkins of London;
County common pleas/probate judge–Christopher Brown of London; and
County clerk of courts for common pleas–Renae Zabloudil of London.

All of the unopposed candidates are seeking re-election with one exception. This is the first time Nicholas Adkins is running for the county prosecutor’s seat. Stephen Pronai, the current prosecutor, is not running for re-election.

All of the candidates are vying for the Republican nomination for their respective seats.

The three issues on the ballot all pertain to Plain City.

The village of Plain City has placed a question on the ballot, asking voters to decide if a commission should be formed to frame a new charter for the village. The 15-person committee would have one year to draft what would serve as a constitution setting how the municipality would function, from how legislation is passed to how council members are elected. When the draft is complete, it would be put on the ballot for a vote. The charter commission question is being put before voters in anticipation that the village will achieve city status following the 2020 census.

The Plain City police department is seeking replacement of its 5-mill levy for operations. The levy was last passed in 2005. It is currently being collected at a rate of 3.76 mills. If the replacement passes, the levy will return to its original 5-mill collection rate, reflecting current property values. The levy is for a continuing period of time.

The Plain City Public Library is seeking renewal of a 1.5-mill property tax for five years for current expenses. The library’s tax base covers the Jonathan Alder Local School District.

Voter registration
The deadline to register to vote in the March 17 election is Feb. 18. For more information, visit or call (740) 852-9424.

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