A bowl of stickers waits for voters after they cast their early ballot at the Jefferson County Board of Elections office in Steubenville, Ohio, on Monday, April 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Two statewide issues top ballots in Ohio’s general election on Tuesday, but there are plenty of local races and issues for voters to decide as well.
Polls will be open 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Ohio Issue 1, officially titled “The Right to Reproductive Freedom with Protections for Health and Safety,” would amend the state constitution to allow individuals to choose their own reproductive medical treatments, including decisions on abortion, contraception, fertility treatment, miscarriage care and continuing pregnancy.
The proposed amendment also would allow the state to restrict abortion after fetal viability, as determined by the pregnant patient’s physician. According to the Belmont County Board of Elections, it also would create legal protections for “any person or entity that assists a person with receiving reproductive medical treatment, including but not limited to abortion.”
Ohio currently permits abortions before 22 weeks of pregnancy and is one of 42 states that restrict abortions after a certain point in pregnancy.
Ohio Issue 2, the Marijuana Legalization Initiative, would legalize recreational marijuana use for people 21 and older. It would create a new Division of Cannabis Control to regulate the industry.
If Issue 2 is passed, adults 21 and older would be permitted to use and possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana and it would establish a 10% tax on marijuana sales. Home growth of cannabis also would be permitted.
Tax revenue from marijuana sales would be used to establish a cannabis social equity and jobs program to provide financial support and assistance for license applications to individuals who have been disproportionately affected by past marijuana-related law enforcement.
Meanwhile at the municipal level, four candidates are seeking to fill three at-large council seats in Martins Ferry. Incumbents Jim Agnew, Thomas J. Burns and James Schramm face new contender Ben Neiman.
St. Clairsville is hosting a three-way race for mayor. Incumbent Kathryn Thalman is in the running against William Brooks, who was a candidate during the last race, and longtime Councilwoman Linda Jordan.
Five candidates are competing for two seats on Barnesville Village Council. Incumbent Terry McCort is in the running with candidates Aleysa Hendershot, Mark A. Lucas, Robyn L. Misner and Courtney Valine.
Three candidates are vying for two seats on the Bellaire Village Council. Elizabeth A. Dugmore, William T. Schmitt Jr. and write-in candidate James C. Schybal have entered the contest.
The Bethesda mayoral race is between two new candidates since the mayor is not seeking re-election. Robert E. Flanagan and Linda Reeves are running.
In Brookside, incumbent Roger W. Stewart, past councilwoman Wendy Anderson and candidate Sam Zavatsky are running for two village council seats.
In Holloway’s mayoral race, incumbent John F. Sheppard and Joseph Schaeffer are in the running.
In Powhatan Point, incumbent Mayor Christopher Heslop faces a challenge from Jeffrey C. Haught.
Also in Powhatan Point, two village council seats are in play. Incumbent Joe Asturi withdrew from the race, leaving voters to choose between candidates Michael E. Beaver and Christopher Allen Bryan.
There is a four-way mayoral race in Cadiz with incumbent John Migliore running against Raymond Jones and former council members Terry Capers and Daniel Eugene Ossman.
Two seats on Jewett Village Council are in play as well. Cheyenne Locko is running along with write-in candidates Brian Scott Jurosko and Richard L. Meneely.
And two candidates are running for mayor of Clarington — Dave Biggs and incumbent Douglas J. Wagner.
There are also numerous races for trustee positions in townships across the region. In Goshen Township, Belmont County, there is a three-way race for fiscal officer between incumbent Doug Kemp, Derek Cain and Dylan D. Crall.
Several school board seats are up for grabs as well. In Barnesville, incumbents Ed Eberhart and Dennis Huntsman and fellow candidate Andrew Daugherty are competing for two seats on the school board. Darla Schnegg is running as a write-in candidate.
In Bellaire, incumbents Charles Jason Ayers and Bill Marinelli face candidates Mike Dossie and Mike Wallace for two open seats. In Bridgeport, incumbents Jerry E. Moore and Kori Rosnick and candidate Ryan A. Kreiter are running for two open seats. And in Martins Ferry, incumbents Charles Probst and Nick Stankovich and challengers Allen H. Marangoni, Jeremy Shrodes and Bill Suto are seeking two open seats.
Shadyside and St. Clairsville also have board races on the line, with incumbents Dominic DeFelice and Donna Kroll Joseph facing Nathan Butts and Willard Davis three open seats on the Shadyside board and incumbents Michael A. Fador and Francis W. Zanders challenged by Floyd Marody and David Stack for two available seats in St. Clairsville.
Three candidates are competing for two seats on the Harrison Hills Board of Education. Vickie L. Coffland is running against incumbents Edward Henry Banks III and Tracy Marie Mattern.
Property and income tax rates will be decided in many areas as well, with a 1% income tax increase for general municipal operations on the ballot in Martins Ferry. If passed, the tax would take effect Jan. 1 for a total 2% income tax on people who work in the city and those who live in Martins Ferry who do not pay a municipal income tax elsewhere.
St. Clairsville is seeking 0.95-mill property tax renewal for five years for vehicles, communications, other equipment and salaries for the police department.
Barnesville has a 0.5-mill property tax replacement for five years for fire protection.
Bethesda voters will decide on a property tax renewal of 1.5 mills for five years for street maintenance as well as a 3.5-mill property tax renewal for five years for fire protection.
Bridgeport will have an additional 4-mill, four-year property tax on the ballot for its fire department, and in Flushing, voters will decide on a 1-mill property tax renewal for five years for parks and recreation areas. Flushing is also seeking a 3-mill property tax renewal for five years for the fire department.
In Shadyside, there is a 2.5-mill property tax renewal of 2.5 for five years for the police department, and Yorkville voters are asked to renew a 3.5-mill continuing levy for fire apparatus.
The Bellaire Local School District is asking for renewal of a 1.636-mill, 10-year levy for emergency requirements, while Shadyside Local School District is seeking renewal of a 4.5-mill, four-year levy for general improvements.
Union Local School District is asking voters to approve a new, 8-25-mil levy for renovations, additions and improvements to its buildings, constructing an athletic complex with fieldhouse and maintenance building, technology and site improvements, furniture, equipment, lighting, utilities, landscape, and parking. It would generate $62,820,000 to be repaid over 37 years.
There are several more property tax questions for Harrison and Monroe counties and for townships across the area.
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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Two statewide issues top ballots in Ohio’s general election on Tuesday, but there are plenty of local races and issues for voters to decide as well. Polls will be open 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Ohio Issue 1, officially titled “The Right to Reproductive Freedom with Protections for Health and Safety,” Read More