Ohio voters face a divided primary • The Yellow Springs News
Absentee and early voting for Ohio’s May 3 primary election opened as scheduled on Tuesday, April 5, but not all contested races are on the ballot as state redistricting efforts continue to face legal challenges.
After the Ohio Redistricting Commission’s third attempt at a new set of maps was again struck down by the Ohio Supreme Court on March 16 as unconstitutionally manipulated to favor Republicans, the Republican majority in the Commission approved a fourth attempt on March 28.
Democrats and interested groups such as the Ohio League of Women Voters and the ACLU argue the latest effort is too similar to previous plans and should also be canceled.
Without a validated card, the offices of the Ohio House, Ohio Senate, and state central committees do not appear on the May 3 ballot, and no new date has been set for voting in those primary contests. .
Details on the process for a second primary have also not been determined.
The local ballot
Voters in Yellow Springs and Miami Township have no local issues to decide in this election. Local ballots include primary races for the state offices of governor, attorney general, auditor, secretary of state, treasurer, chief justice of the Supreme Court and two seats of justice.
Other primary races to be decided in the May 3 primary include the U.S. Senate seat currently held by retiring Rob Portman; representing Ohio’s 10th District in the United States House; several county judges; a seat of the Greene County Commission; the county auditor; and the county sheriff.
With the exception of Yellow Springs native Governor Mike DeWine, who is running for re-election, and two Yellow Springs residents who are running for a seat on the county central committee, none of the leading candidates have local ties. .
On the Democratic ballot, John Cranley, former mayor of Cincinnati, and Nan Whaley, incumbent mayor of Dayton, are vying for the Democratic nominee for governor in the November general election. Jeffrey A. Crossman, Attorney General, running unopposed to be the Democratic nominees for other state leadership positions; Taylor Sagginton, Auditor; Chelsea Clark, Secretary of State; Scott Schertzer, Treasurer; Ohio Supreme Court Justice Jennifer Brunner for Chief Justice; Supreme Court Justice Terri Jamison; and Supreme Court Justice Marilyn Zayas.
Running for US Senator are Tim Ryan, currently US Representative from Niles, Ohio; Morgan Harper, lawyer and community organizer from Columbus; and Traci TJ Johnson, an IT manager currently based in Columbus.
The Democratic candidates for the US House 10th District are Jeff Hardenbrook of Dayton, co-founder of the Interfaith Hospital Network and former healthcare worker; Baxter Stapleton, a filmmaker who grew up in Centerville and lives in Dayton; Kirk Benjamin, of Kettering; and David Esrati, a Dayton community activist and ad agency owner.
No Democrat is running for one of the five open county judge seats, nor for the seat of the county commission, county auditor or sheriff. Local residents Lindie L. Keaton and Shonda L. Sneed are running for a single seat on the county central committee.
On the Republican ballot, incumbent DeWine is contested by Ron Hood, a former state representative who lives in Ashville, Ohio; Jim Renacci, accountant, former US congressman and former councilman and two-time mayor of Wadsworth, Ohio; and Joe Blystone, a farmer and business owner from East Liverpool, Ohio, posing as a “constitutional conservative.”
In other state races, incumbents Dave Yost, attorney general; Keith Faber, auditor; and Robert Sprague, Treasurer, presented themselves without opposition. Outgoing Secretary of State Frank LaRose is challenged by John Adams, a former Ohio State Representative from Urbana. incumbents of the Supreme Court of Ohio, Chief Justice Sharon Kennedy; Pat Fischer, judge; and Pat DeWine, judge, also appear without opposition.
Seven Republicans threw their hats in the ring to take Portman’s seat: Mike Gibbons, a northeast Ohio businessman; Josh Mandel, former state treasurer; Neil Patel, a businessman from central Ohio; Mark Pukita, an IT entrepreneur from Dublin, Ohio; Jane Timken, a Cincinnati attorney; JD Vance, author and venture capitalist from Middletown; and Matt Dolan, attorney and co-owner of a Cleveland baseball team.
Mike Turner, incumbent for the 10th U.S. House District, is running unopposed.
All county race candidates are unopposed incumbents: Mary Kate Huffman, Ronald C. Lewis and Mike Tucker, each for separate judge seats on the 2nd District Court of Appeals; Adolfo A. Tornichio for the Common Pleas Court Judge; Amy Lewis for Common Pleas Juvenile Division Court Judge; Dick Gould for the County Commission; David A. Graham for the auditor; and Scott J. Anger for sheriff. Anger was named sheriff last year after the sudden death of longtime sheriff Gene Fischer.