Make sure to get out and vote today

Today, May 6, is Election Day in Ohio. Have you cast your ballot? True, this primary includes only one contested race at the local level, but that does not diminish its importance. It does not mean your vote does not matter. In fact, there are several issues to be decided for many within our communities.

As for the contest race, registered Democrats in Columbiana County will see two options for the party nod for the position of county commissioner – Dan Bailey and Nathan Walker, both Salem residents. The victor will face incumbent Mike Halleck, a Republican, in the General Election, in November.

Three other contested races also will appear on the ballot:

* Democrats Jennifer Garrison and Gregory D. Howard are vying to represent the party in a bid against incumbent U.S. Congressman Bill Johnson, a Republican, and Dennis Lambert of the Green Party. The person elected in November will represent Ohio’s 6th District, which encompasses 18 counties in Eastern and Southeastern Ohio, including Columbiana County.

* Anthony Donofrio and David Lee Engler each are seeking the democratic nomination for judge in the 7th District Court of Appeals with the top vote-getter facing Carol Ann Robb, running unopposed on the republican ballot, in the fall.

* And on a statewide level, Ohio’s governor race has Larry Ealy facing Edward FitzGerald on the democratic ballot for the right to challenge incumbent Gov. John Kasich (R).

But, as mentioned, there is much more in this Primary Election, including registered voters and residents of the Beaver Local, Wellsville and Edison school districts deciding the outcome of school levies.

The city of East Liverpool has placed a fire protection levy on the ballot; Madison Township voters will decide a pair of road levies; East Precinct voters in St. Clair Township will decide a liquor option; and all registered voters throughout the state will make a determination on Issue 1.

So, yes, this election is of importance. In fact, each time the voting booths are open, those registered to vote should do their patriotic duty. We urge all registered voters to head to the polls. Vote!