The deadline to enter a race as a party candidate for county elected offices, Ohio House seats, Ohio Supreme Court and U.S. Senate was 4 p.m. Wednesday, when nominating petitions were due at elections offices. It also was the deadline to place issues, such as tax levies on the ballot.
If you’re confused, or just not paying attention, Ohio plans to hold two primary elections next year.
The first is March 6. The deadline to enter a race as a party candidate for county elected offices, Ohio House seats, Ohio Supreme Court and U.S. Senate was 4 p.m. Wednesday, when nominating petitions were due at elections offices. It also was the deadline to place issues, such as tax levies, on the ballot.
The second primary is June 12. That date is for presidential and congressional candidates only. And they aren’t required to file for candidacy until next year, though Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, the chief elections official, had recommended congressional hopefuls meet Wednesday’s filing deadline, too.
Puzzled yet? It could get worse. There’s still talk of a political compromise in Columbus that will consolidate both elections into perhaps a single April primary, as well as a potential voter referendum.
So we’ll stick to what we know, now.
On the March 6 ballot, voters will see candidates for everything from Ohio Supreme Court justice and U.S. Senate, to state central committee.
In Ohio’s closed party primary system, voters may cast ballots only for one party’s candidates: They can pick from among Democratic, Republican, Libertarian or Green. The only other option for voters is to get an issues-only ballot, which won’t contain any candidates, only the issues in your area.
Of 24 locally elected offices on the ballot, only five feature a contested primary:
• Peter Ferguson’s Stark County commissioner seat. He did not seek re-election, so longtime Canton City Councilman Bill Smuckler and Plain Township Trustee Louis Giavasis square off for the Democratic nomination. The winner will face Republican Richard Regula in November.
• Ohio House, 95th District, which includes Carroll County. Charles Daniels, James Drake and William Weekley battle for the Democratic nomination.
• Former Alliance Police Chief Lawrence Dordea, Beach City Police Chief Jim Wood and Canal Fulton Mayor John Grogan on the Republican side for Stark County Sheriff. The winner faces Democrat Michael McDonald in the fall of 2012.
• Fifth District Court of Appeals, where Jeanette Moll takes on Flite H. Freimann for the GOP bid.
• The male representative from the 29th District to the state Democratic Party’s Central Committee, where Canton Mayor William J. Healy II, battles State Rep. Stephen Slesnick and William Smith.
Among new tax requests on ballots are a 2 percent income tax in East Canton, a 30-year bond for construction and renovation of Canton Local Schools and a 4.9-mill additional levy for Canton Township fire service.
Independent candidates who want to enter next year’s November general election against a primary winner have until March 5 to file required paper work. None of the candidates or issues are officially on the ballot until their petitions are approved as valid by county elections boards.
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Candidates and issues that met the 4 p.m. Wednesday filing deadline for inclusion on the March 6 party primary ballots.
Russell P. Bliss, Jr., (R), write-In
Sherrod Brown (D)
Joseph DeMare (Green)
David W. Dodt (R)
Donna K. Glisman (R)
Eric LaMont Gregory (R)
Josh Mandel (R)
Michael L. Pryce (R)
Ohio Supreme Court
Full term commencing Jan. 1, 2013
Justice Terrence O’Donnell (R)
Robert W. Price (D)
Full term commencing Jan. 2, 2013
Robert R. Cupp (R)
William Michael O’Neil (D)
Fanon A. Rucker (D)
Unexpired term ending Dec. 31, 2014
Yvette McGee Brown (D)
Sharon L. Kennedy (R)
State Representative, 38th District (western Summit and Stark counties)
Michael Kaplan (D)
Lynn Slaby (R)
State Representative, 48th District
Amanda Trump (D)
John M. Deagan (Lib.)
Kirk Schuring (R)
State Representative, 49th District
Stephen D. Slesnick (D)
Monique Moore (R)
State Representative, 50th District
Sue Ryan (D)
Christina M. Hagan (R)
State Representative, 95th District (Carroll County)
Jim Drake (D)
Charles Daniels (D)
William Weekley (D)
Andy Thompson (R)
Senator, 30th District (Carroll County)
Lou Gentile (D)
Laura Groux (R)
Court of Appeals 5th District
Judge of the Court of Appeals (5th District), 2-9-13
John W. Wise (R)
Judge of the Court of Appeals (5th District), 2-10-13
Scott Gwin (D)
Judge of the Court of Appeals (5th District), 2-11-13
Patricia A. Delaney (D)
Flite H. Freimann (R)
Jeanette Moll (R)
Stark County offices
Clerk of Common Pleas Court
Nancy Reinbold (D)
Jeff B. Heimbaugh (R)
P. S. Murthy (D)
Keith A. Bennett (D)
Rick Campbell (D)
Mark Butterworth (R)
Common Pleas Judge, Family Court, 1-1-13
Jim D. James (R)
Common Pleas Judge, Family Court, 1-2-13
Page 3 of 3 - Kristen Bates Aylward (D)
Rosemarie Hall (R)
Common Pleas Judge, General Division, 4-16-13
John G. Haas (D)
John D. Ferrero (D)
Michael J. Grady (R)
County Commissioner, 1-2-13
Thomas M. Bernabei (D)
Craig T. Conley (R)
County Commissioner, 1-3-13
Louis Giavasis (D)
Bill Smuckler (D)
Richard Regula (R)
Michael A. McDonald (D)
Lawrence A. Dordea (R)
John Grogan (R)
Jim Wood (R)
Kelly A. Zachary (D)
Alexander A. Zumbar (R)
State Central Committee
Man, 29th District
William J. Healy, II (D)
Stephen D. Slesnick (D)
William Smith (D)
Curt Braden (R)
Woman, 29th District
Gayle A. Jackson (D)
Sarah M. Brown (R)
Beth A. Williams (R)
North Canton, replacement, one-half (0.5) mill, fire purposes, continuing, commencing 2013.
North Canton, replacement, 1 mill, ambulance and emergency medical services, continuing, commencing 2013.
East Canton, 2 percent levy on income, effective April 1, 2012, for current expenses.
Canton, additional, 4.9 mills, fire purposes, continuing commencing 2012.
Plain Road District, renewal, 1.5 mills, streets, roads and bridges, 5 years, commencing 2012.
Pike Road District, additional, 1.5 mills, streets, roads and bridges, 5 years, commencing 2012.
Plain, precinct 1, weekday sales of beer, wine and mixed beverages, Fisher Foods, 4401 Cleveland Ave. NW.
Plain, precinct 1, Sunday sales of wine and mixed beverages, Fisher Foods, 4401 Cleveland Ave. NW.
Plain, precinct 5, weekday sales of beer, wine and mixed beverages, Canton Fuel, 1600 30th St. NE.
Plain, precinct 5, Sunday sales of beer, Canton Fuel, 1600 30th St. NE.
Perry, renewal, one-half mill (0.5), police purposes, 5 years, commencing 2012.
Alliance City Schools (Stark, Columbiana, Mahoning), renewal, 2 mills, constructing, acquiring, improving school buildings and sites, 5 years, commencing 2012.
Canton Local Schools, issuing of a bond, 30 years in the amount of $43 million for construction and renovation of school facilities and improvements of school sites. Levy an additional tax of 8.3 mills over repayment period of the bond, commencing 2012.