Two countywide issues and numerous contests on the Williams ballot

By JENNY DERRINGER derringer@crescent-news.com Published:

BRYAN -- Williams County residents are deciding numerous local issues on Nov. 6, including a handful of contested races.

Countywide issues to be decided include levies for the Williams County Department of Aging and the Williams County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Williams County Department of Aging is again seeking renewal of a five-year .3-mill levy in the November general election to provide and maintain senior citizens services and facilities.

The levy is expected to bring in approximately $175,000 each year.

Executive director Barb Lingvai noted that the levy has passed successfully since 1988. If approved, the Williams County Department of Aging would begin collecting funds starting in January 2014, which equates to approximately $9 a year for the owner of a $100,000 house.

In addition, there is a five-year, .45-mill levy for construction and maintenance of improvements and expenses of the Williams County Soil and Water Conservation District. The levy would bring in $300,000 a year to help bring staff back in at full-time and pay for rent and office supplies.

If the levy is approved, the owner of a $100,000 home would pay $13.78 a year.

The levy was initially on the ballot in March, but failed by more than 600 votes.

Edon Northwest Local School District had initially filed with the board of elections to seek approval of an additional 7.65 mills for three years to meet emergency requirements. Superintendent Ed Ewers noted that since then, the board of education opted not to go ahead with the emergency levy due to "the economic conditions." No future date has been decided to take the issue to voters.

The board of education cut approximately $750,000 to date in attempt to balance he budget, according to Ewers.

Five township levies for fire protection -- four of them renewals -- will also be decided.

Center and Superior townships are each seeking renewal of 1-mill, five-year levies, while Northwest Township is asking for renewal of a 2-mill, five-year levy and Pulaski Township is seeking a .75-mill, five-year renewal. Madison Township's request is for a 2-mill, five-year replacement levy.

The village of West Unity will also have a five-year, 5-mill renewal levy on the ballot for current expenses.

In addition, two cemetery levies are up for a vote for current operating expenses. Brady Township has proposed a five-year, .5-mill levy, while voters in Edgerton and St. Joseph Township will decide a five-year, 1-mill levy for Maple Grove Union Cemetery.

And in West Unity, a proposal is on the ballot for the sale of Sunday wine and mixed beverages at Saneholtz-McKarns Inc., doing business as the Main Stop, 204 E. Jackson St.

Countywide, there are contested races for prosecuting attorney, sheriff and treasurer.

Two Bryan attorneys are vying for the four-year term of Williams County prosecutor in the Nov. 6 general election. Seeking countywide support are Independent Lora Manon and Republican Kirk Yosick. Current prosecutor Thomas Thompson was defeated by Yosick in the March 6 primary. The term begins January 2013.

Running for treasurer are Republican Cathy Schuller and Independent Vickie Grimm.

Schuller has served as Williams County's deputy auditor from 2000-11 while Grimm has been banking office manager at the Huntington Bank since 2009.

Sharon Helbig, the current treasurer, has served in that position for 29 years. Her term runs through September 2013, but she is not seeking re-election.

The Williams County sheriff's post is also up for grabs. Running for the post are Republican Steve Towns and Independent Daniel Hughes.

Towns is seeking election to the post after being appointed on Aug. 31 following the retirement of Sheriff Kevin Beck. Towns served as a Williams County deputy from 2004-11 and a West Unity police officer from September 2011 until his appointment in August.

Hughes, the current mayor of Stryker, served as road patrol corporal at the Williams County Sheriff's Office from 1993-2004 and was Stryker police chief from 2004-10. He has since resigned as Stryker Senior Center site manager with the Williams County Department of Aging to seek elected office as sheriff.

But Hughes was recently charged with violating a state law prohibiting county employees from running for election while in a county office, an unclassified misdemeanor. Hughes is alleged to have still served as the Stryker Senior Center site manager at the same time he filed for the candidacy of county sheriff. An arraignment was held Oct. 15 with a pretrial hearing set for some time in November.

Republican incumbent A.L. Word would have faced Independent Duane Votaw for one of the commissioner positions, but Votaw withdrew from the election. That term begins Jan. 3.

Lewis Hilkert, a Republican, is running unopposed for a commissioner's term beginning Jan. 2.

Candidates for the posts of clerk of courts, coroner, engineer, recorder and common pleas court/general/domestic division are unopposed.

And in the new 81st Ohio House District -- comprised of Henry, Putnam and Williams counties as well as part of Fulton County -- Republican Lynn Wachtmann faces Democrat John Vanover. Wachtmann is the incumbent in the 75th District which is being divided between the new 81st and 82nd House districts next year.

Republican incumbent Cliff Hite is unopposed in his bid for an unexpired two-year term in Ohio's 1st Senate District.

U.S. Fifth Congressional District voters will also have a contested race with the following candidates: Republican incumbent Robert Latta, Democrat Angela Zimmann and Libertarian Eric Eberly.

Candidates for a number of other state and federal offices, including U.S. Senate and president, are also on the November ballot.

Here is a look at the ballot:

County offices

Commissioner

(term commencing 1/2/13)

Lewis Hilkert (R)

Commissioner

(term commencing 1/3/13)

A.L. Word (R)

Prosecuting Attorney

Kirk Yosick (R)

Lora Manon (I)

Clerk of Courts

Kimberly Herman (R)

Sheriff

Daniel Hughes (I)

Steven Towns (R)

Recorder

Patti Rockey (R)

Treasurer

Vickie Grimm (I)

Cathy Schuller (R)

Engineer

Todd Roth (R)

Coroner

Kevin Park (R)

Common Pleas Court/general/domestic division

J.T. Stelzer (R)

State office

1st Senate District

(elect one)

Cliff Hite (R)

81st House District

(elect one)

John Vanover (D)

Lynn Wachtmann (R)

Ohio Supreme Court Justice

(term commencing 1/1/13)

(elect one)

Mike Skindell (D)

Terrence O'Donnell (R)

Ohio Supreme Court Justice

(term commencing 1/2/13)

(elect one)

William O'Neill (D)

Robert Cupp (R)

Ohio Supreme Court Justice

(unexpired term)

(elect one)

Yvette McGee Brown (D)

Sharon Kennedy (R)

6th District Court of Appeals Judge

(elect one each party)

James Jensen

District 1 State Board of Education

Stanley Jackson (D)

Ann Jacobs (R)

Federal office

President

(elect one)

Barack Obama (D)

Mitt Romney (R)

Steward Alexander (Socalist)

Virgil Goode (Constitution)

Richard Duncan (I)

Gary Johnson (Libertarian)

Jill Stein (Green)

U.S. Senator

(elect one)

Sherrod Brown (D)

Josh Mandel (R)

Scott Rupert (I)

U.S. Representative 5th District

(elect one each party)

Angela Zimmann (D)

Bob Latta (R)

Eric Eberly (Libertarian)

Tax, ballot issues

Williams County: renewal of a .3-mill, five-year levy for maintaining senior citizen services and facilities

Williams County: additional .45-mill, five-year levy Williams County Soil & Water Conservation District's programs

West Unity Village: renewal of a 5-mill, five-year levy for current expenses

Brady Township: renewal of a .5-mill, five-year levy for maintaining and operating cemeteries

Center Township: renewal of a 1-mill, five-year levy for fire protection

Madison Township: replacement of a 2-mill, five-year levy for fire protection

Northwest Township: renewal of a 2-mill, five-year levy for fire protection

Pulaski Township: renewal of a .75-mill, five-year levy for fire protection

Superior Township: renewal of a 1 mill, five-year levy for fire protection

Maple Grove Union Cemetery District: replacement of a 1-mill, five-year levy for maintaining and operating cemeteries

State Issue 1: A proposal to convene a constitutional convention to revise, alter or amend the Ohio Constitution.

State Issue 2: A proposal to create a state-funded commission to draw legislative and congressional districts.

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