Voting

The Richland County Board of Elections has announced several changes in polling locations for the Nov. 3 election.

MANSFIELD -- The presidential race between incumbent Republican Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden will drive voters to the polls on Nov. 3.

Or at least generate a great deal of absentee votes mailed in from residents still concerned about the COVID-19 pandemic, a virus that delayed the state's primary in Marc.

But there are interesting contests and tax issues all through the ballot, which the Richland County Board of Elections has produced. The deadline to file for the Nov. 3 election was Wednesday.

Here is a look at contested races and issues, with the understanding the ballot may be updated as additional candidates are certified by the state or districts;  names of candidates to replace candidate withdrawls are added; or write-ins once that deadline passes.

U.S. Rep., 12 District (district includes southern portion of Richland County)

Incumbent Republican Troy Balderson, completing his first term in Congress is being challenged by Democrat Alaina Shearer and Libertarian John Stewart.

U.S. Rep, 7th District (district includes northern part of Richland County)

Incumbent Republican Bob Gibbs is opposed by Democrat Quentin Potter and Libertarian Brandon Lape.

Ohio Supreme Court (term commencing Jan. 1, 20201)

Incumbent Republican Sharon Kennedy is challenged by Democrat John O'Donnell in this race, which is listed as "non-partisan" on the ballot.

Ohio Supreme Court (term commencing Jan. 2, 20201)

Incumbent Republican Judi French is opposed by Democrat Jennifer Brunner in this race, again listed as "non-partisan" on the ballot.

Ohio 5th District Court of Appeals

Incumbent Democrat William Hoffman takes on Republican challenger Jeff Furr in what is offered as a "non-partisan" election.

Ohio Senate, 22nd District (district includes Richland, Ashland and Medina counties and a portion of Holmes County)

Republican Mark Romanchuk of Ontario, who is losing his seat in the Ohio House due to term limits, is unopposed in the general election for the seat now held by Sen. Larry Obhof, who cannot run again due to term limits. Democrat Steve Johnson from Ashland has withdrawn from the race, according to the Board of Elections.

Ohio House of Representatives, 2nd District (District includes all of Richland County)

Republican Marilyn John, a current Richland County commissioner from Shelby seeking to fill Romanchuk's seat, is opposed by Democrat Sam Grady of Mansfield. The Richland County Democratic Party said it is not "affiliated" with Grady in June and vowed not to support his candidacy after taking issue with some of his social media comments.

Richland County Probate Court Judge

Democrat Kirsten Pscholka-Gartner and Republican Kelly Badnell, both from Lexington, are competing to replace outgoing Judge Philip Mayer. A Democrat, Mayer is retiring at the end of this term because Ohio law prevents a common pleas judge from beginning a new term after age 70.

Richland County Juvenile Court Judge

Republican Steve McKinley from Bellville, who was appointed to the bench by Gov. Mike DeWine in March 2019 to fill the unexpired term of retiring Judge Ron Spon, takes on Democrat Rollie Harper of Mansfield.

Nine current elected officials in Richland County are unopposed in their re-election bids: Commissioner Darrell Banks, Commissioner Tony Vero, Common Pleas Court Judge Phil Naumoff, Prosecutor Gary Bishop, Clerk of Courts Linda Frary, Sheriff Steve Sheldon, Recorder Sarah Davis, Treasurer Bart Hamilton, Engineer Adam Gove and Coroner Daniel Burwell.

There is a wide range of issues for voters to decide:

-- City of Ontario voters will decide on natural gas load aggregation.

-- The Wishmaker House Bed and Breakfast, LLC, in Bellville has asked permission to engage in Sunday liquor sales between 10 a.m. and midnight, including beer, wine, mixed beverages and spirituous liquor.

-- Village of Plymouth seeks renewal of a 5-year, 6-mill levy for current expenses and also renewal of a five-year, 1-mill levy for village parks.

-- Madison Township seeks renewal of a 5-year, 4-mill levy for fire department maintenance.

-- Mifflin Township is asking for an additional 5-year, 2.7-mill levy for current expenses.

-- Monroe Township seeks renewal of a 5-year, 2.5-mill levy for fire department maintenance and also the renewal of a 5-year, 1-mill levy for emergency medical services and supplies.

-- Perry Township seeks an additional 5-year, 2.5-mill levy for fire maintenance.

-- Plymouth Township (excluding the City of Shelby and Village of Plymouth) seeks the renewal of a 5-year, 2-mill levy for road maintenance and equipment.

-- Sandusky Township is asking voters to approve the renewal of a 5-year, 2.2-mills levy for fire maintenance and emergency services.

-- Sharon Township (excluding the City of Shelby) seeks renewal of a 5-year, 2-mill levy for fire maintenance and emergency services.

-- Washington Township seeks renewal of a 5-year, 2-mill levy for streets, roads and bridges.

-- Weller Township seeks renewal of a 5-year, 3-mill levy for fire maintenance.

-- Some voters in Mifflin Township will vote on the renewal of an Ashland City Schools 5-year, 1.25-mill levy for permanent improvements.

-- Some voters in Sandusky Township will vote on the renewal of a Galion City Schools 5-year, 7.73-mill levy for current expenses.

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