Deadline reached for primary election filings

LISBON — The lineup for the May 8 primary election will feature local contested races for Columbiana County Common Pleas Court judge, Ohio 7th District Court of Appeals, and U.S. representative.

Wednesday was the filing deadline at the county elections board and there was a flurry of last-minute activity, including general election opposition for county Commissioner Mike Halleck, but none so far for county Auditor Nancy Milliken, unless someone files as an independent candidate. The filing deadline for independents is May 7.

Following is the breakdown of the contested primary races:

U.S. Representative, 6th District

Among the Democrats there is a three-way race featuring Werner Lange of Newton Falls, Shawna Roberts of Barnesville, and Richard Olivito of Steubenville, the latter filing Wednesday.

On the Republican side, incumbent Congressman Bill Johnson is opposed by Robert Blazek of Bellaire.

Ohio 7th District Court of Appeals, unexpired term

The Democratic primary features David D’Apolito of Boardman, Holly Hanni of Boardman, Mark Hanni of Youngstown and Arron Hively of New Middleton.

There are two candidates seeking the Republican nomination: Kathleen Bartlett of North Jackson, who serves as a domestic relations magistrate in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court, and Damian DeGenova of Poland.

Common Pleas Court

Incumbent Judge C. Ashley Pike is opposed in the Republican primary by Megan Bickerton, an assistant county prosecutor and village solicitor for Lisbon. No Democrat filed for the seat.

Following are the uncontested primary races:

State Senator

State Rep. John Boccieri from Mahoning County is the Democratic candidate, and the Republican candidate is Leetonia school board member and businessman Mike Rulli. The Senate seat is held by Joe Schiavoni, who cannot run again because of term limits. Schiavoni is currently running for governor.

State Representative

This race is a rematch of 2016, featuring incumbent Republican Tim Ginter of Salem and Democrat John Dyce of Guilford Lake.

County Commissioner

It appeared as if Halleck, a Republican, would have no opposition, but that changed Wednesday when Keith Merriman of Salineville filed to run for commissioner as a Democrat.

County Auditor

As mentioned, incumbent Republican Nancy Milliken is unopposed in the primary, nor did any Democratic candidates file.