JEFFERSON — More than three dozen issues could come before voters across Ashtabula County in November’s general election.
Wednesday afternoon was the deadline to file issues for the Nov. 6 election with the county’s Board of Election, and officials are seeking certification for 35 tax levies and three Sunday sale measures. All are unofficial until certified by the election board, which is scheduled to meet Wednesday morning.
Among the measures are two that have garnered headlines in recent weeks. The Ashtabula County Board of Developmental Disabilities is seeking a seven-year, .5-mill renewal of its levy for operating expenses, while the newly formed Ashtabula County School Financing District is asking approval of a 10-year, 1.5-mill measure for “current expenses for provision of special education.”
The two are the only county-wide issues scheduled to appear on the fall ballot.
The county’s Educational Services Center is seeking the 10-year measure, which could generate $2.6 million, to offset the cost of the Happy Hearts program, which the ESC is picking up from the DD board for the 2018-19 school year. School districts across the county are expected to pay more than $3 million because of Happy Heart’s closure, ESC Superintendent John Rubesich said late last month.
The only regional school issue comes from the Jefferson Area Local School district, which is seeking a five-year, 5-mill renewal for operating expenses.
Wednesday also marked the deadline for candidates in non-partisan races to file petitions for the general election. The end of day saw a third candidate emerge for the Eastern County Court judge seat that will be available in November.
Michael Hiener of Dorset will challenge Virginia Miller and Harold Specht Jr. for the spot to be vacated by Robert Wynn starting next year. Wynn is not seeking another term.
Also, Sarah Fowler, of Rock Creek, will seek another term to the State Board of Education. She represents the 7th District, which includes all of Ashtabula, Trumbull, Geauga and Portage counties and portions of Lake and Summit counties. Fowler’s term expires at the end of the year.
No opponent is mentioned on the election board’s list of November candidates.
Here are the federal, state and county candidates, along with local issues, slated for the November general election:
• Governor — Richard Cordray (Democrat), Mike DeWine (Republican), Constance Gadell-Newton (Green)
• Attorney General — Steve Dettelbach (D), Dave Yost (R)
• Secretary of State — Kathleen Clyde (D), Frank LaRose (R)
• Treasurer of State — Rob Richardson (D), Robert Sprague (R), Paul Curry (G)
• U.S. Senate — Sherrod Brown (D), Jim Renacci (R), Philena Irene Farley (G)
• 14th District U.S. Representative — David Joyce (R), Betsy Rader (D)
• Ohio Supreme Court (term commencing Jan. 1, 2019) — Michael Donnelly, Craig Baldwin
• Ohio Supreme Court (term commencing Jan. 2, 2019) — Melody Stewart, Mary DeGenaro
• 11th Court of Appeals (term commencing Feb. 9, 2019) — Darya Klammer, Matt Lynch
• 11th Court of Appeals (term commencing Feb. 10, 2019) — Mary Jane Trapp, Casey O’Brien
• State Representative (99th District) — John Patterson (D), Michael Pircio (R)
• State Representative (64th District) — Michael O’Brien (D), Martha Yoder (R)
• Ashtabula County Commissioner (term commencing Jan. 1, 2019) — Casey Kozlowski (R), Mike Hamper III (D)
• Ashtabula County Auditor — Roger Corlett (D), David Thomas (R)
• Eastern County Court — Michael Heiner, Virginia Miller, Harold E. Specht Jr.
• 7th District State Board of Education — Sarah Fowler
• ANDOVER TOWNSHIP (excluding village of Andover) — two-year, 2-mill renewal for ambulance/emergency medical services
• ANDOVER TOWNSHIP (excluding village of Andover) — five-year, 2-mill renewal for roads and bridges
• ANDOVER VILLAGE — five-year, .3-mill renewal for fire protection
• ANDOVER VILLAGE — five-year, .5-mill renewal for fire protection
• ANDOVER VILLAGE — five-year, 1.2-mill renewal for fire protection
• ANDOVER VILLAGE — five-year, 2-mill renewal for ambulance/EMS
• ASHTABULA CITY — five-year, 2.5-mill renewal for police department
• ASHTABULA COUNTY — seven-year, .5-mill renewal for Board of Developmental Disabilities current operating expenses
• ASHTABULA COUNTY SCHOOL FINANCING DISTRICT — 10-year, 1.5-mill additional for current expenses for provision of special education
• ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP (excluding city) — five-year, 1-mill renewal for roads and bridges
• CONNEAUT — five-year, 1.9-mill renewal for the Conneaut Public Library
• DENMARK TOWNSHIP — five-year, 1-mill renewal for roads and bridges
• GENEVA-ON-THE-LAKE — five-year, .9-mill additional for roads and bridges
• GENEVA-ON-THE-LAKE — five-year, 1.78-mill renewal for fire/EMS
• GENEVA TOWNSHIP (excluding city and village) — five-year, 1-mill renewal for roads and bridges
• GENEVA UNION CEMETERIES DISTRICT — .5-mill for operating expenses (continuous period of time)
• HARBOR-TOPKY LIBRARY — five-year, 2-mill renewal for current expenses
• HARPERSFIELD TOWNSHIP — five-year, 1.5-mill replacement and increase for fire/EMS
• JEFFERSON AREA LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT — five-year, 5-mill renewal for current expenses
• KINGSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY — five-year, 1-mill renewal for current expenses
• LENOX TOWNSHIP — five-year, 2-mill renewal for roads and bridges
• NORTHWEST AMBULANCE DISTRICT — five-year, 1-mill renewal for EMS
• ORWELL TOWNSHIP (including Orwell Village) — five-year, .5-mill replacement for roads and bridges
• ORWELL VILLAGE — five-year, .5-mill renewal for fire department
• PIERPONT TOWNSHIP — five-year, 3-mill renewal for roads and bridges
• PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP — five-year, 1-mill replacement for fire/EMS
• PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP — five-year, 1.5-mill replacement for fire/EMS
• ROME TOWNSHIP (including Roaming Shores) — five-year, .25-mill additional for cemeteries
• SOUTH CENTRAL AMBULANCE DISTRICT — five-year, 1-mill replacement for ambulance/EMS
• WAYNE TOWNSHIP — five-year, 4-mill renewal for roads and bridges
• WILLIAMSFIELD TOWNSHIP — five-year, 1.5-mill renewal for fire/EMS
• WILLIAMSFIELD TOWNSHIP — five-year, 2-mill renewal for recreational purposes
• WINDSOR TOWNSHIP — five-year, 2-mill renewal for current operating expenses
• WINDSOR TOWNSHIP — five-year, 2.5-mill renewal for roads and bridges
• ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP 3 — liquor option (Sunday sales); Grumpy Grandpa’s
• AUSTINBURG TOWNSHIP 1 — liquor option (Sunday sales); Grand River Manor
• AUSTINBURG TOWNSHIP 2 — liquor option (Sunday sales); Corner Bar
• GENEVA-ON-THE-LAKE — liquor option (Sunday sales) Indian Creek RV Resort