The Madison Messenger distributed requests for information to all candidates who will appear on the Nov. 4 election ballot in Madison County. The information is printed below as it was received. For more information about the election, call the Madison County Board of Elections at 740-852-9424.
State Senate — 10th District
• Roger D. Tackett (Democrat)
Address: 8927 Wildlane Dr., South Charleston
Occupation: Clark County commissioner
Previous public service: I have been a Clark County commissioner for 26 years. Elected 1976 to 1985 and 1988 to 2008.
Education/Military experience: B.A. degree with a major in political science from Wright State University. I served in the USMC in Vietnam.
Community activities/honors: I was twice named Ohio’s outstanding disabled American veteran of the year. I am chairman of the governor’s office of Veterans Affairs, advisory committee for Ohio. I am on the board of directors for the National Association of Counties and the County Commissioners Association of Ohio.
Major issues in this election: I believe jobs and economic development, education, and healthcare are the three most important issues in Ohio.
• Chris Widener (Republican)
Address: 4887 Peacock Road, Springfield
Occupation: Architect, WDC Group LLC
Previous public service: I am currently serving my fourth term as state representative serving Clark, Greene, and Madison counties. Previously, I served on the Mad River Green Local School Board in Clark County, Ohio.
Education/Military Experience: Bachelor of Architecture, University of Cincinnati
Community activities/honors: Member of the Ohio Farm Bureau; member of the Madison County Chamber of Commerce; recipient of the Madison County Township Association Public Service Award; member of the Madison County Senior Center Hall of Fame
Major issues in this election:
1. Reduction of Taxes: I voted to reduce state income taxes by 21 percent, to cut property taxes for seniors, and to cut state income taxes on military retirement income. As a state senator, I will continue to fight for lower taxes.
2. Health Care for Seniors and Families: I supported a prescription drug program for 1.4 million Ohio seniors, at no cost to the tax payers.
3. Economic Development: In 2007, I worked with economic development officials to support the creation of 750 new jobs in Madison County. And we have new projects in process that will create new jobs in 2009. I will continue work to attract and maintain jobs in our community.
Madison County Sheriff
• James P. Sabin (Republican)
Address: 2050 Old Columbus Rd., London
Occupation: Madison County Sheriff
Previous public service: I am seeking my second term as your Madison County sheriff.
Education: Hilliard High School, 1977. Ohio Peace Officers Training certification, 1983. Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Academy, 1996. Various enforcement and management courses. Madison County Sheriff’s Office, 27 years.
Community Activities/Honors: Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, American Legion Post 201, 1989. Member of Madison County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association. Member of Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association, chairman of the Concealed Carry Committee, member of the Legislative Committee. Commission member, appointed by the Governor, to the Private Investigation & Security Services Commission. Member of National Sheriffs’ Association. Member of VFW Men’s Auxiliary, West Jefferson Post 7005.
Major issues in this election: Over the past three years, we have made great strides, increasing our annual manpower hours by nearly 30 percent. This relates to more officers on the road, investigations and providing other services as required by Ohio law.
Radio communications and the 9-1-1 system have seen vast technical improvements to keep our first responders safe and expedite response. As well, additional tools, equipment and training to provide professional services.
Over the next four years, we intend to continually grow and build on our current systems to provide the service, safety and security for our No. 1 priority, the citizens of Madison County.
Madison County Judge of Court of Common Pleas
• Glenn S. Hamilton (Republican)
Address: 87 Elm St., London
Occupation: Probate-Juvenile judge (23 years), Madison County
Previous service as public official: Seven years as assistant county prosecutor (Madison County 1977-1985). Twenty-three years as probate-juvenile judge (Madison County 1985-2008).
Education and Military Experience: Four years United States Air Force. One year Viet Nam. B.A., business administration, Ohio Northern University. M.A., public administration, Ball State University. J.D., law, The University of Dayton. Over 500 hours in advanced probate and juvenile law and related issues.
Community Activities: Member, First United Methodist Church of London (30-plus years). Associate member, Township Trustees Association. Past President of the London Kiwanis Club. American Legion Post 105. Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie No. 950. Ohio Association of Juvenile Court Judges (Committee on Juvenile Law and Procedure). Ohio Association of Probate Court Judges. Ohio Judicial Conference.
Major issues in this election:
1. Will the county continue to have one of the lowest juvenile delinquency rates in the state? Madison County ranks 10th out of 88 counties. Juvenile Court and the staff and programs it supports has a large part to play in protection of the community and the low juvenile delinquency rate. Judge Hamilton plans to continue such programs.
2. Will the Juvenile Court continue to be proactive in prevention of juvenile delinquency by supporting community programs, such as D.A.R.E., by building strong families through programs such as home mentoring, and by supporting programs that assist the schools, such as the weekend detention program and the pre-complaint truancy program? They will be continued under Judge Hamilton.
3. Will the Probate Court continue its efficient service of the public and continue its program to preserve valuable county records? It will under Judge Hamilton.
Madison County Recorder
• Charles E. Reed (Republican)
Address: 9790 Hayden Run Rd., Plain City
Occupation: Madison County recorder
Previous service as public official: Madison County recorder, December 2001 to present.
Education/military experience: 1968 graduate Jonathan Alder High School. Northwestern University, Traffic Institute School of Police Staff and Command. Continued education classes with Ohio Records Association, budgeting, record keeping. Documenting and maintaining records and updating of all new laws enacted in the Ohio Revised Code that pertain to the office. Four years U.S. Air Force. One year tour Viet Nam.
Community activities/honors: Attend United Bethel Mennonite Church. Member, Ohio Recorders Association (appointed to legislative committee). Madison County Farm Bureau, Madison County Deputy Sheriffs Association, Buckeye State Sheriffs Association. Associate member, Madison County Board of Trustees.
Major issues in this election:
1. Ohio Revised Code: Enacted laws that pertain to the office of the Recorder are changing every year. As the office holder, it is up to me to continue to attend education programs, to ensure the office is updated in the changes and the office is in accordance with the new section of the code.
2. Technology: Choose the correct equipment for the office that fits our needs, not to go above what we can handle and stay within the budget and still make the office available 24/7 on the Web site.
3. Budget: Continue as I have over the years in office—submit a budget that the commissioners will accept and the office can continue to run on.