Few choices on the ballot for Champaign primary

Voters in Champaign County face a May 6 primary election that will include only a handful of issues plus several races that are uncontested.

Republican incumbents are unopposed for county commissioner, auditor and two juvenile and probate judge positions.

The lone contested race on the primary ballot is for Ohio’s Representative for the 85th District. John Adams, the incumbent, has already served four terms and will not be allowed to run for re-election due to term limits. The seat serves Champaign County, as well as portions of Logan and Shelby counties.

Nino Vitale, of Urbana, has filed a petition to run for the 85th District along with C. Douglas Chamberlain of Bellefontaine and Robert J. Luckey, III, of Sidney. All three candidates are Republicans. Dave Easton, a Constitution Party candidate from Sidney, has also filed to run for the seat.

All local races are uncontested. Republican Bob Corbett is running unopposed for Champaign County commissioner, while Karen Bailey will run unopposed for Champaign County auditor. Lori Reisinger and Brett Gilbert are running unopposed for their current roles in the Champaign County Common Pleas Court’s Juvenile and Probate division.

One reason there are few contested races is the candidates in place are doing a good job, said Al Evans, chairman of the Champaign County Republican Party. The party also tried to avoid contested primaries in cases where there is an incumbent, Evans said.

He said the officials currently in place have earned the respect of both parties, and county residents have traditionally voted Republican.

“I just think with the countywide offices, it’s just tough for a Democrat to win,” Evans said.

Richard Kerns, who will run uncontested for the Democratic State Central Committee, said the party has fielded good candidates in the past, but it is sometimes difficult to get Democratic voters to the ballot box.

“It’s just a hard nut to crack right now,” Kerns said.

Only a handful of issues will be on the ballot this spring. The Triad Local School District is seeking a two-year, 0.5 percent permanent improvement income tax. If approved, the income tax would generate about $569,000 a year, which would be used for projects like technology improvements, roof repair, safety and security upgrades and repairing parking lots. The money cannot be used for salaries or benefits for employees.

The Mechanicsburg Exempted Village School District will also ask for a 10-year, 1.96-mill emergency renewal levy. The West Liberty-Salem local School District is also asking voters to renew an existing 1.5-mill levy for capital projects.

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Community News

Georgia woman ignored 911 orders, drove away after being shot outside Starbucks
Georgia woman ignored 911 orders, drove away after being shot outside Starbucks

Georgia authorities are trying to piece together what led to a shooting that injured a woman Thursday afternoon.  >> Read more trending news About 2:30 p.m., a woman walked into a Starbucks in Atlanta and said she had been shot, Cobb County Police Officer Alicia Chilton told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Witnesses told WSB ...
NY to DC in 29 minutes? Elon Musk says he has verbal OK to build Hyperloop
NY to DC in 29 minutes? Elon Musk says he has verbal OK to build Hyperloop

A train ride from New York to Washington, D.C., in 29 minutes? Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk said it’s possible, and added that a plan to build a Hyperloop One underground tube train has been given “verbal (government) approval,” NPR reported. >> Read more trending news Musk said that the Hyperloop’s planned route would...
‘I was just tired’: Man admits to throwing, killing 3-month-old son
‘I was just tired’: Man admits to throwing, killing 3-month-old son

A Kentucky man, claiming he was “just tired” when his 3-month-old son would not stop crying, admitting to throwing and killing the boy, WLKY reported. >> Read more trending news Cody Bates, of Louisville, is charged with the June death of the baby.  He is at Metro Corrections on a $1 million bond. Bates originally told police...
Few storms today; hot, humid

Partly sunny, warm and muggy Friday morning, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs.  Few morning storms Friday Heat index in the 90s through the weekend  More storms late Friday and again Saturday TODAY:   A cluster of storms may push through the Miami Valley, especially southwest Friday morning. The rest of the area may...
Chick-fil-A employee saves co-worker from choking
Chick-fil-A employee saves co-worker from choking

A fast-thinking employee at a Colorado Chick-fil-A restaurant saved a co-worker who was choking, ABC News reported. >> Read more trending news Andrew Myrant was on his break at the restaurant in Highlands Ranch when a co-worker signaled he was choking, ABC News reported. A video captured Myrant quickly coming to his co-worker’s aid and...
More Stories