Defiance County election has three contested races; one countywide renewal

By TODD HELBERGcnedit@crescent-news.com Published:

Defiance County voters will decide three candidate races and one countywide tax renewal request Tuesday.

Two commissioner races are on tap with a pair of incumbents trying to hold onto seats.

Democrat Brenda Griffith is challenging Republican incumbent Tom Kime for one position while Democrat Charles Bakle Jr. is opposing Republican incumbent Otto Nicely for the other one.

Kime is seeking his fourth term; Nicely his fifth. The winners get four-year terms beginning in January.

The only other contested candidate race is for clerk of courts.

Republican incumbent Amy Galbraith is seeking a second term, but is opposed by Democrat Toni McBroom. The winner in that race also gets a four-year term beginning in January.

Six other candidates -- all Republicans -- are also on the ballot, but are unopposed. They are Recorder Cecilia Parsons, Prosecutor Morris Murray, Sheriff David Westrick, Treasurer Vickie Myers, Engineer Warren Schlatter and Gary Okuley for coroner. All but Okuley are incumbents.

All of those Republicans, except Myers -- appointed in May to take Rob Bailey III's place after he stepped down -- will begin new four-year terms in January. Myers will have to wait until September 2013 to begin her new four-year term as is the case for all county treasurers in Ohio.

The only countywide issue is the county development disabilities (DD) board's 0.85-mill, six-year renewal levy for operating expenses. The DD board oversees Good Samaritan School.

The levy brings in about $585,000 annually, and accounts for "approximately 25 percent" of Good Sam's local levy revenue. The DD board is also funded with a 1-mill, continuing levy and a 1.9-mill, six-year levy that was last approved in 2010.

"Good Sam has always appreciated the support it has received over the years from the entire Defiance County community," said county DD superintendent Rick Edmonds. "We feel we offer valuable services to the community....We hope to continue to earn the trust of the community in the future."

Three other local government property tax renewal requests are also on the ballot.

Washington Township and Ney Village each are asking for renewal of 1.5-mill, five-year levies while Sherwood Village is seeking renewal of a 2-mill, five-year levy. All three are for fire protection.

Meanwhile, two Sunday sales options are on the ballot for a small segment of voters.

Those on Defiance Ward III, precinct C, will decide upon Wal-Mart's request for the sale of beer, wine and mixed beverages from 10 a.m.-midnight on Sundays; while those in Hicksville precinct C will be asked to approve the sale of beer by Hicksville Shell during those hours.

Besides the presidential contest, Defiance County voters will help determine races for one of Ohio's two U.S. Senate positions, the U.S. 5th Congressional District and 82nd Ohio House District, as well as two Ohio Supreme Court seats.

In the 5th District, voters will have three choices: Republican incumbent Bob Latta, Democrat Angela Zimmann and Libertarian Eric Eberly while the candidates for Ohio's new 82nd House District -- that includes Defiance, Paulding and Van Wert counties as well as the northwest corner of Auglaize County -- are Republican Tony Burkley and Independent Pete Schlegel.

The winners in both races get two-year terms beginning in January.

The 82nd District comes into being next year, and is drawn from the current 74th, 75th and 78th districts.

Ohio 1st District Sen. Cliff Hite, a Republican appointed to fill Steve Buehrer's seat -- is unopposed in his bid for the remaining two years of a four-year term. Buehrer became the head of the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation shortly after his re-election in 2010.

Candidates and issues on Defiance County ballots this fall include:

County offices

(elect one)

Commissioner

(term commencing 1/2/13)

Brenda Griffith (D)

Thomas Kime (R-inc.)

Commissioner

(term commencing 1/3/13)

Charles Bakle Jr. (D)

Otto Nicely (R-inc.)

Prosecuting Attorney

Morris Murray (R-inc.)

Clerk of Courts

Amy Galbraith (R-inc.)

Toni McBroom (D)

Sheriff

David Westrick (R-inc.)

Recorder

Cecilia Parsons (R-inc.)

Treasurer

Vickie Myers (R-inc., appt.)

Engineer

Warren Schlatter (R-inc.)

Coroner

Gary Okuley (R)

State office

1st Senate District

(elect one)

Cliff Hite (R-inc., appt.)

82nd House District

(elect one)

Tony Burkley (R)

Pete Schlegel (I)

Ohio Supreme Court Justice

(term commencing 1/1/13)

(elect one)

Mike Skindell

Terrence O'Donnell (inc.)

Ohio Supreme Court Justice

(term commencing 1/2/13)

(elect one)

William O'Neill

Robert Cupp (inc.)

Ohio Supreme Court Justice

(unexpired term)

(elect one)

Yvette McGee Brown (inc., appt.)

Sharon Kennedy

3rd District Court of Appeals Judge

(elect one each party)

John Willamowski (inc.)

District 1 State Board of Education

Stanley Jackson

Ann Jacobs (inc.)

Federal office

President

(elect one)

Barack Obama (D-inc.)

Mitt Romney (R)

Steward Alexander (Socialist)

Virgil Goode (Constitution)

Richard Duncan (I)

Gary Johnson (Libertarian)

Jill Stein (Green)

U.S. Senator

(elect one)

Sherrod Brown (D-inc.)

Josh Mandel (R)

Scott Rupert (I)

U.S. Representative 5th District

(elect one each party)

Angela Zimmann (D)

Bob Latta (R-inc.)

Eric Eberly (Libertarian)

Tax, ballot issues

Defiance County: .85-mill, six-year property tax renewal levy for the county developmental disabilities board for operating expenses

Washington Township: a 1.5-mill, five-year property tax renewal levy for fire protection

Ney Village: a 1.5-mill, five-year property tax renewal levy for fire protection

Sherwood Village: a 2-mill, five-year property tax renewal levy for fire protection

Defiance Ward III, precinct C: a request for the sale of beer, wine and mixed beverages by Wal-Mart from 10 a.m.-midnight on Sunday

Hicksville Village, precinct C: a request for the sale of beer by Hicksville Shell from 10 a.m.-midnight on Sunday.

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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