Wanted: Voters on Tuesday
Please go vote Tuesday. Turnout that is being predicted by officials at the boards of elections in Trumbull and Mahoning counties is dismal: 25 percent, at the most, in Trumbull County, and in Mahoning County, 28 percent, but it’s on par with previous even-year primary elections.
There is plenty on the ballot that should interest voters in both counties.
In Trumbull County, there is a contested Democratic race for county commissioner – Frank Fuda, the incumbent, is being challenged by Lisha Pompili-Baumiller, a councilwoman in Hubbard – and there’s a three-way race for Probate Court judge that has had two of the candidates spending big bucks to secure Democratic nomination.
Running in that race are attorneys James Fredericka and Patricia Leopardi Knepp, who each have spent more than $50,000 a piece on their campaigns, and attorney William Flevares, who has not.
There are also contested Democratic primary races for two state representative seats: the 63rd District seat has incumbent Sean O’Brien of Bazetta being challenged by Marianne James of Niles and in the 64th District, another three-way race, but without an incumbent, featuring Eugene Mach, Ken MacPherson and Michael J. O’Brien.
It’s an empty seat because term limits prohibit state Rep. Tom Letson from running again. He’s opted to run for the Ohio Supreme Court.
For voters in northern Trumbull County, there is a contested Republican match between U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce and Matt Lynch, state representative, in the 14th District. In the 13th District, which is the remainder of the county, U.S. Rep. Timothy J. Ryan is being challenged by John Stephen Luchansky of Boardman. The 13th District races also stretches into Mahoning County.
There are also several school districts and communities asking for more money.
Howland, Mathews and Southington school districts have levies on the ballot. There’s a bond issue for a new school complex in the Mathews district on, too.
Bloomfield, Liberty, Newton Township and Weathersfield are asking for expenses, roads, cemeteries and police force, respectively. In Newton Falls, there’s an question to increase the income tax 0.5 percent.
In Mahoning County, perhaps the most intriguing race is for Probate Court judge. Two Democrats, attorneys Susan Maruca and Christopher Sammarone, are after the nomination in what has been a hotly contested race that probably really only became a race after Mark Belinky got himself caught up in a criminal investigation led by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, left the bench and withdrew from ballot.
Then there’s the battle to replace state Rep. Bob Hagan in the 58th Ohio House District seat. Hagan, too, cannot run because of term limits.
In that four-way Democratic race is Hagan’s wife, Michele-Lepore Hagan, Cynthia McWilson, Janet Tarpley and Michael O’Hara.
And for the third time, opponents of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, are trying to pass a ”Community Bill of Rights,” which is an amendment to the Youngstown’s charter that would ban fracking and related industry in the city.
Lastly, there’s a tax renewal that’s been drawing some attention in Mahoning County, the half-percent sales tax.
So there is plenty to vote on Tuesday. Please go.