Voters throughout western Logan County will see full ballots for the Nov. 3 election, as in addition to three statewide issues and one countywide issue, the various townships and villages are seeking levies and adding elected officials.
The single countywide issue on the Nov. 5 ballot is the Logan County Health District’s request for approval of a new 0.8 mill Operating Levy for five years.
Andrew David Kipker (Bloomfield Township Trustee) and Laura A. Magoto (Bloomfield Township Fiscal Officer) are both running unopposed.
DeGraff is asking for both a a renewal of 1.8 mill Operating Levy for the Fire Department and the renewal of a 0.7 mill Operating Levy for Greenwood Cemetery for five years. The village operates the cemetery jointly with Pleasant Township, which is also asking for a 0.7 mill renewal.
Jennifer Ganson-Bowman is running unopposed for mayor of DeGraff, while Chuck Bertschman is unopposed for one of the two open village council seats. Ron Pope is running for a position as a member of the Board of Public Affairs.
William Jenkins will be running unopposed for the position of mayor of Huntsville, while Lori Fisher and Sandra S. Yelton will vie for the job of Clerk/Treasurer for the village. Brenda A. Jenkins and Robin Jenkins look to fill the two open council seats.
Indian Lake School District
Steven W. Spath and Gabe Wickline are on the ballot, and the Logan County Board of Elections lists Chad Ross as write-in for the two spots in play on the Indian Lake Board of Education. The ILSD has a small overlap into Auglaize County
Lakeview is asking voters to approve a one-half percent (0.5%) tax on income for 15 years, with the monies raised by the levy going toward the construction of a new fire station in Lakeview. The Lakeview Fire Department currently uses three separate buildings to store and maintain trucks, ambulances, and equipment and is looking to consolidate the operation.
Incumbent Ryan A. Shoffstall will be running unopposed for another term as the mayor of Lakeview. Dennis J. Harford is seeking one of the two open positions on the Lakeview Village Council.
Liberty Township voters will be voting on issue that will allow the sale of alcohol at a bed-and-breakfast located at 980 Ohio Route 508, just northwest of the village of West Liberty. Escape Route 508 LLC is asking the township’s permission for D-1, D-2, D-3, and D-6 liquor permits to be granted to allow “the sale of beer, wine and mixed beverages, and spirituous liquor” at the 980 Ohio Route 508 location.
Three candidates are seeking the single open seat as a Liberty Township Trustee with C.J. Hostetler, Darrin Turner, and Jake Vitt all appearing on the ballot to fill the spot. Chris Foust is unopposed in seeking the position as Fiscal Officer.
D. Bruce Tracey (McArthur Township Trustee) and Brandi R. Altstaetter (McArthur Township Fiscal Officer) are both running unopposed.
Thomas G Weiskittle is running unopposed for the Fiscal Officer position for Miami Township. No candidate filed to fill the vacant seat as a Miami Township Trustee, but the Logan County Board of Elections notes that Philip C. Weeks is seeking the position as a write-in candidate.
Pleasant Township is asking for a renewals for a 0.7 mill Operating Levy for Greenwood Cemetery, which the township operates jointly with the village of DeGraff, which is seeking a similar levy on the Nov. 5 ballot.
Diana Gamble and Don Pippin are both seeking the Pleasant Township Fiscal Officer job, while Stephen L. Sanders is running unopposed for township trustee position.
No candidate filed a valid petition for the position of mayor of the village of Quincy. John S. Hickman is running unopposed as a member of the Quincy Village Council.
Riverside Local School District
Riverside is requesting the renewal of a 2 mill Permanent Improvement levy for for the district for the next five years. Incumbent Robert Bender is unopposed in seeking another team on the Riverside Board of Education
The village of Russells Point is asking voters to approve a new 3 (three) mill permanent Police Levy. Former mayor Greg Iiams and incumbent Robin Reames are squaring off for the job at mayor of Russells Point, while Marie Hendel and David M. Wallace will seek the two open seats on the village council.
No candidate is seeking the open seat on the Board of Public Affairs.
Orvil Wickersham (Stokes Township Trustee) and Joan Schwieterman Shouse (Stokes Township Fiscal Officer) are both running unopposed.
Rick Beck (Washington Township Trustee) and Lisa Miller (Washington Township Fiscal Officer) are both running unopposed.
West Liberty is seeking the renewal of a 0.8 mill Operating Levy for the village for five years.
Three residents are seeking the two positions that will be available on the West Liberty Village Council. Becky Hamilton, Elverton Hyland Jr., and Richard Mally are those vying for the two seats.
Incumbent Greg Hosteler is running unopposed in seeking another team as mayor of West Liberty, while Cindee M. Boyd is also running unopposed for the village Clerk-Treasurer position.
Herb Carter and Dean King are running for the two open seats on the West Liberty Board of Public Affairs.
West Liberty-Salem School District
Patrick Adams and Chris Moell will appear on the ballot for the two open spots on the West Liberty-Salem Board of Education.
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