Know before you go: Election 2018 issues, candidates

By Beverly Keller
The Budget

The November General Election is right around the corner and set for Tuesday, November 6. Polls will be open in both Holmes and Tuscarawas counties from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

To be eligible to vote, one must be a citizen of the United States and at least 18 years of age on or before the day of the election. To vote in Ohio, one must be a resident for at least 30 days prior to the election. They cannot be incarcerated in prison for a felony or have been declared incompetent for voting purposes.

Before heading to the polls it is important to remember that a valid Ohio Driver’s license is a must. For those who don’t have a license, a photo identification issued by the government will work as will the following documents:
– Original or copy of utility bill with voter’s name and present address
– Original or copy of a current bank statement with voter’s name and address
– Original or copy of a government check with the voter’s name and address
– Original or copy of a current paycheck with the voter’s name and address

Current is defined as a bill or document dated within the past 12 months. Utility bills can include a cell phone bill.

For those who know they will be unable to visit the polls on November 6, there are several options. Early voting starts 27 days before the election. All registered voters may request and vote using an absentee ballot in person at the County Board of Elections.

Voters in Holmes County should call 330-674-5921 for more information. Those who reside in Tuscarawas County are asked to call 330-343-8819 for more information.

Governor & Lieutenant Governor
Richard Cordray and Betty Sutton
Mike DeWine and Jon Husted
Constance Gadell-Newton and Brett R. Joseph
Travis M. Irvine and J. Todd Grayson
Rebecca Ayres and Anthony Durgans
Richard Duncan and Dennis A. Artino
Renea Turner and Keith Colton

Attorney General
Steve Dettelbach
Dave Yost

Auditor of State
Robert C. Coogan
Keith Faber
Zach Space

Secretary of State
Kathleen Clyde
Frank La Rose
Dustin R. Nanna
Michael W. Bradley

Treasurer of State
Rob Richardson
Robert Sprague

Justice of Supreme Court
Craig Baldwin
Michael P. Donnelly

Justice of Supreme Court
Mary DeGenaro
Melody J. Stewart

Judge of Court of Appeals Fifth District
John W. Wise

Judge of Court of Appeals Fifth District
Scott Gwin

Judge of Court of Appeals Fifth District
Patricia A. Delaney
Andrew King

U. S. Senator
Sherrod Brown
Jim Renacci

Representative to Congress 7th District
Bob Gibbs
Ken Harbaugh

State Senator 31st District
Jay Hottinger
Melinda Miller

State Representative 70th District
Steve Johnson
Darrell D. Kick

State Representative 98th District
Brett Hudson Hillyer
Jeremiah M. Johnson

Issue 1
To reduce penalties for crimes of obtaining, possessing or using illegal drugs. If passed, this issue would create a Constitutional Amendment.
Yes = A vote of yes would ask an amendment be made that would require sentence reductions of incarcerated individuals, except those incarcerated for murder, rape or child molestation, by up to 25 percent if the individual participates in rehab, work or educational programming. It would also mandate that crimes including obtaining, possessing, or using drugs such as fentanyl, heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, LSD, and other controlled substances be classified as a misdemeanor, not as a felony as they are currently. The amendment would also prohibit jail time as a sentence for obtaining, possessing or using drugs until an individual has had three offenses in 24 months. In addition, it would allow individuals currently convicted of drug felonies to have them reduced to a misdemeanor. It would also require funding based on savings within the corrections system to be used for rehab services.
No = No change to the Constitution.

County Commissioner
Rob Ault

County Auditor
Jackie McKee

Issue 2 – Buckeye Career Center
RENEWAL – 1 mill for 5 years; Not a new tax

Issue 3 – East Holmes Local Schools
SUBSTITUTE - 1.02 mills for a continuing period of time for necessary requirements. Will bring in $550,000 per year.

Issue 4 – Garaway Local Schools
ADDITIONAL – 4 mills for 10 years. Funds will create an additional $1,003,982 per year in revenue. New tax.

Issue 6 – West Holmes
RENEWAL – 2.5 mills for 5 years. General permanent improvements.

Issue 9 – Village of Millersburg
RENEWAL - 5 mills for 5 years for current expenses.

Issue 10 – Berlin Township
RENEWAL - 2 mills for 5 years for roads.

Issue 11 – Clark Township
RENEWAL - 2.5 mills for 5 years for roads

Issue 12 – Killbuck Township
RENEWAL - 1.3 mills for 5 years for Fire/EMS

Issue 13 – Killbuck Township
RENEWAL - 2 mills for 5 years for Fire/EMS

Issue 14 – Paint Township
RENEWAL - 1 mill for 5 years for roads

Issue 15 – Prairie Township
ADDITIONAL – 4 mills for 5 years for roads

Issue 16 – Richland Township
RENEWAL - 1 mill for 5 years for roads

Issue 17 – Saltcreek Township
REPLACEMENT – 1.5 mills for 5 years for roads

Issue 18 – Walnut Creek Township
RENEWAL – 1.5 mills for 5 years for roads

County Commissioner
Sharon Buckley-Mirhaidari
Al Landis

County Auditor
Larry Lindberg

County Coroner
Jeff L. Cameron

County Court Judge – Southern District
Brad L. Hillyer

Issue 2 – Buckeye Joint Vocational School
RENEWAL – 1 mill for 5 years; Not a new tax

Issue 3 – Dover City Schools
ADDITIONAL – 8.9 mills for 5 years; New tax.

Issue 4 – Garaway Local Schools
ADDITIONAL – 4 mills for 10 years. Funds will create an additional $1,003,982 per year in revenue for general expenses in the District. New tax.
Issue 5 – Indian Valley Local
BOND - 2 mills for 28 years for athletics.

Issue 6 – New Philadelphia City Schools
RENEWAL – 5.9 mills, continuing. Not new tax

Issue 16 – Auburn Township
ELECTRIC AGGREGATION – Join together to aggregate retail electric loads.

Issue 17 – Bucks Township
RENEWAL w/INCREASE – 1.6 mills for 5 years for emergency ambulance service.

Issue 21 – Sugarcreek Township
REPLACEMENT – Road and Bridge – 1 mill for 5 years

Issue 22 – Sugarcreek Township
REPLACEMENT – .2 mill for 5 years, cemetery upkeep and maintenance