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February 6, 2014

Lots of interest in Ashtabula County’s May primary

Candidates line up for commissioner, judge seats

JEFFERSON — Candidates are lining up for four Ashtabula County seats that will be vacated at the end of the year, based on petition filings for the May 6 primary finalized Wednesday afternoon.

Three Common Pleas court judgeships and a commissioner seat up for grabs in November drew widespread interest. No fewer than five Democrats and four Republicans will duke it out in May for the right to represent their party in the fall for Joe Moroski’s wide-open commissioner position. There’s also heavy Democrat interest in three judge jobs available in 2015.

Incumbents, on the other hand, face no opposition in the primary — with the exception of U.S. Rep. David Joyce, a Republican seeking a second term. Joyce will be challenged by fellow GOP candidate Matt Lynch of Chagrin Falls, according to the Lake County Board of Elections.

The lure of four seats without incumbents account for the large interest in the primary, said Carol Lovas, Ashtabula County Board of Elections director. “Knowing it’s an open seat, people come out,” she said.

Eighteen levies will also appear on the May ballot, the vast majority of them money issues. None are school levies.

The next step is to check each signature on the candidates’ petitions to ensure each is a registered voter, Lovas said. The process began as petitions were filed, meaning election board staff has enjoyed a good head start, she said.

“We’re well on our way,” Lovas said.

The election board will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday to verify the petitions and conduct other business.

Common Pleas Court judges Albert Mackey, Ronald Vettel and Charles Hague are obliged to retire at the end of 2014 because of state-mandated age limits. Moroski is not seeking a fourth term as commissioner

Here’s a list of candidates and issues that — unofficially at this point — are headed to the primary ballot. Community of residence listed for candidates is their mailing address:

• 14th Congressional District:  David Joyce of Novelty and Matt Lynch of Chagrin Falls (Republicans); Michael Wager of Moreland Hills (Democrat); David Macko of Solon (Libertarian)

• 99th Ohio House of Representatives —Incumbent John Patterson of Jefferson (D); Nancy McArthur of Chardon (R)

• Ashtabula County commissioner (term commencing Jan. 1, 2015) — Democrats Jacob Chicatelli, Phil Garcia, Jon Thomas Kozesky and Neil LaRusch, all of Conneaut, and Stephen McClure of Ashtabula Township; Republicans Anthony Delia II of Saybrook Township, Gary Himes of Geneva, Dennis Huey of Kingsville Township and Casey Kozlowski of Pierpont Township

• Ashtabula County Auditor — Incumbent Roger Corlett (D)

• Ashtabula County Prosecutor — Incumbent Nicholas Iarocci (D)

• Ashtabula County Common Pleas Court (seat now held by Judge Vettel) — Democrats Samuel Altier of Ashtabula, Virginia Miller of Jefferson, and Marianne Sezon of Austinburg Township; Harold E. Specht Jr. (R) of Jefferson

• Ashtabula County Common Pleas Court (seat now held by Judge Gary Yost) — Yost (D) of Jefferson

• Ashtabula County Common Pleas Court (seat now held by Judge Mackey) — Democrats Tom Brown of Geneva and Thomas Harris of Conneaut; Ariana Tarighati (R) of Rome

• Ashtabula County Juvenile/Probate courts (seat now held by Judge Hague) — Democrats Albert Camplese and Edith Hough, both of Ashtabula; Christopher Altier (R) of Ashtabula

Issues on the primary ballot include:

• Ashtabula Township (excluding village) — Two-year, 0.5-mill additional for current operating expenses

• Ashtabula City — Five-year, 2.5-mill additional for police

• Ashtabula County — Five-year, 0.5-mill additional for Children Services Board

• Ashtabula Township (excluding city) — Four-year, 1-mill renewal for police services

• Colebrook Township — Five-year, 1.9-mill additional for roads/bridges

• Conneaut — Five-year, 1.5-mill additional for fire department

• Conneaut — Five-year, 1.9-mill additional for Conneaut Public Library

• Dorset Township — Five-year, 1-mill renewal for roads/bridges

• Dorset Township — Five-year, 1.5-mill renewal for community center

• Geneva City 2 — Separate liquor options (Sunday sales) for Windows on Pairings and Capo’s Pizza II

• Geneva-on-the-Lake — Five-year, 1.78-mill renewal for fire/EMS

• Lenox Township — Five-year, 2-mill renewal for roads/bridges

• Lenox Township — Five-year, 1-mill renewal for permanent improvements

• North Kingsville — Income tax increase (1 percent to 1.3 percent) for roads/culverts

• Northwest Ambulance District — Five-year, 0.5-mill renewal for current operating expenses

• Roaming Shores — Five-year, 1.5-mill renewal for water works

• Roaming Shores — Three-year, 3-mill additional for police

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