Sunday, May 05, 2002

Issues, candidates on Tuesday's ballot

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The political parties in Ohio will sort out their candidates for the November elections in Tuesday's May primary.

        There are a few local contested primaries, but only one internal party battle for the major state offices to be decided this fall.

        Democrats will choose between Mary Boyle and Willis Blackshear for the state treasurer nomination. Incumbent Joe Deters is unopposed on the Republican ballot.

        Voters can choose one of three ballots on primary day — a Republican, Democrat or issues-only ballot. Polls are open between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

        Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell predicts nearly 1.9 million, or 27 percent, of Ohio's 7.1 million registered voters will participate in the primary election.

        He projects the highest local turnout in Warren County (32 percent) and the lowest in Butler County (15 percent).

        In the most recent gubernatorial election year primary, 1998, ballots were cast by nearly 2 million (28 percent) of Ohio's 7 million registered voters.

        Here are highlights of the regional election:

Butler County
        • Talawanda schools: A 7.78-mill bond issue to build and renovate school facilities.
        Republican ballot:
        • Common Pleas Court (new seat): Timothy R. Evans; Gary H. Kaup; Charles L. Pater; Daniel R. Warncke.
        • Juvenile Court (new seat): Ronald R. Craft; Richard Lee Hurchanik and Terri S. King.
        • 8th Congressional District: John Boehner and Roger A. Thomas.
        Democratic ballot:
        No contested elections.

Clermont County:
        Republican ballot
        • County commissioner: David Caudill and Scott Croswell.
        Democratic ballot:
        No contested elections.

Hamilton County:

        • County park district: Replacement of 1 mill for 15 years for general expenses.
        • Mental health services: Renewal and increase, total of 2.74 mills, for five years for operations.
        • Mariemont schools: Additional 9.95 mills for capital improvements and expenses.
        • Norwood schools: Renewal of 5.10 mills for five years for emergency expenses.
        • Wyoming schools: Additional 9.5 mills for capital improvements and continuing expenses.
        • Norwood city: Renewal of 8 mills for five years for expenses.
        • Silverton: Income tax increase of 0.25 percent for operations.
        • Arlington Heights: ncome tax increase of 0.4 percent for operations.
        • Newtown: Replacement and increase of 8 mills for five years for fire and emergency medical services.
        • Woodlawn: Renewal of 2 mills for five years for swimming pool.
        Republican ballot
        • County commissioner: Phil Heimlich and Roy L. McGrath.
        • 28th Ohio House District: Jim Raussen and Doug Mink.
        Democratic ballot
        • 2nd Congressional District: Ray Mitchell, Charles W. Sanders and Tony Stephens.
        • 33rd Ohio House District: Minette Cooper, Leroy Hopkins and Tyrone Yates.

Warren County
        • Elderly services: New levy of 0.96 mills for five years to help with in-home chores, meals and medical transportation.
        • Little Miami schools: Renewal and increase, total of 6.9 mills, for expenses.
        Republican ballot
        • 2nd Congressional District: Ray Mitchell, Charles W. Sanders and Tony Stephens.
        • 3rd Congressional District: Roy E. Brown, Greg Hunter and Mike Turner.
        • Common Pleas Court: James L. Flannery and James J. Heath.
        • County commissioner: Daryl Dunn and C. Michael Kilburn.
        Democratic ballot:
        No contested elections.


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