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).
1-A: Oakland Free Methodist
1-B: Oakland Free Methodist
2-A: First Church of the Nazarene
2-B: Trinity Presbyterian Church
3-A: Trinity Presbyterian Church
3-B: East Liverpool City Hall
4-A: Fawcett Apartments
4-B: United Brethren in Christ
East: Liverpool Twp. VFD-Dixonville
North: Trinity Presbyterian Church
NW: Liverpool Twp. VFD-LaCroft
West: Campground Community
Glasgow: Y. Creek Presbyterian
Rock Camp: Hope Christian
West Point: West Point Nazarene
St. Clair Township
Calcutta: Twp. Admin. Building
East: Longs Run Presbyterian
Glenmoor: Glenmoor Presbyterian
South: Twp. Admin. Building
SE: Longs Run Presbyterian Church
SW: Glenmoor Presbyterian Church
Sprucevale: Twp. Admin. Building
West: Glenmoor Presbyterian
1: Shoub Towers
2: Village Hall
3: Wellsville High School
Yellow Creek Township
East: Hillcrest Community Hall
West: Oak Ridge Presbyterian
North: St. George Parish Hall
South: First United Methodist
NE: Lisbon Baptist Temple
NW: St. George Parish Hall
South: Columbiana County Career & Technical Center
Elkton: Elkton Methodist Church
Signal: Rogers Community Auction
NE: Rogers Village Hall
NW: Negley VFD
South: Mt. Zion United Methodist
Inverness Fellowship Hall
Wayne Township House
Edison School District
Brush Creek Twp. Senior Center
Glenn Mills Senior Center
Bell Chapel United Methodist
Two Ridge Presbyterian Church
Pottery Addition Firehouse
Empire Methodist Church
Stratton Village Building
Ross Township Garage
Richmond United Methodist
East Springfield Firehouse
Irondale Village Complex
Saline Township Complex
Amsterdam Village Building
Bergholz Fire Department
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!