Created on Monday, 02 May 2011 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
Up for grabs are the Democratic nomination for Bellefontaine Municipal Court Judge and the Republican nominations for Bellefontaine city mayor and the Second Ward council seat.
Logan County polling sites
Following is a list of polling places open for Tuesday’s primary eelection:
1A (1A & 1C) — St. Patrick Church, 328 E. Patterson
1B (1B & 1D) — St. Patrick Church, 328 E. Patterson
2A (2A & 2B) — Masonic Center, 600 N. Main
2B (2C) — Masonic Center, 600 N. Main
2C (2D) — Masonic Center, 600 N. Main
2D (2E) — Masonic Center, 600 N. Main
3A (3A & 3B) — 1st Friends Church, 808 W. Columbus Ave.
3B (3C) — 1st Friends Church, 808 W. Columbus Ave.
4A (4A & 4D) — Grange Bldg., 301 E. Lake
4B — Grange Bldg., 301 E. Lake
4C — Grange Bldg., 301 E. Lake
Bloomfield Twp. — Muchinippi Church, 12306 SR 274 & CR 21
Bokescreek Twp. — Township Bldg., 238 W. Highland, W. Mansfield
West Mans. — Township Bldg., 238 W. Highland, W. Mansfield
Harrison Twp. — Co. Engineer’s Bldg., 1991 CR 13
Jefferson Twp. N — Fire House, 2568 Sandusky, Zanesfield
Jefferson Twp. S — Fire House, 2568 Sandusky, Zanesfield
Zanesfield/Valley-Hi — Fire House, 2568 Sandusky, Zanesfield
Lake Twp. — Township Bldg., 900 S. Detroit, Bellefontaine
Liberty Twp. — First Church of God, 315 Liberty St., W. Liberty
West Liberty E — First Church of God, 315 Liberty St., W. Liberty
West Liberty W — First Church of God, 315 Liberty St., W. Liberty
McArthur Twp. — Municipal Bldg., 6740 Wishart, Huntsville
Huntsville — Municipal Bldg., 6740 Wishart, Huntsville
Miami Twp. — Quincy Com. Bldg., 503 Carlisle St., Quincy
DeGraff — Riverside School, 2096 CR 24 S., DeGraff
Quincy — Quincy Com. Bldg., 503 Carlisle St., Quincy
Monroe Twp. — Township Bldg., 6395 CR 29, Pickrelltown
Perry Twp. — Township Bldg., 9646 Foundry St., East Liberty
Pleasant Twp. — Logansville Church, 9343 SR 47 W., Logansville
Richland Twp. — American Legion Hall, 615 N. Center St., Belle Center
Belle Center — American Legion Hall, 615 N. Center St., Belle Center
Rushcreek Twp. N&S — Church of Christ, 170 E. Mill, Rushsylvania
Rushsylvania — Church of Christ, 170 E. Mill, Rushsylvania
Stokes Twp. N — Moose Lodge, 11044 Lake St., Lakeview
Stokes Twp. NE — Moose Lodge, 11044 Lake St., Lakeview
Stokes Twp. SE — Indian Joint Fire Dept., 320 Orchard Island Rd.
Stokes Twp. W — Township Bldg., 265 S. Oak St., Lakeview
Lakeview — Municipal Bldg., 126 N. Main St., Lakeview
Union Twp. — Township Bldg., 5844 Rd. 201
Washington Twp. N — Indian Lake Com. Church, 121 Orchard Island Rd.
Washington Twp. S — Township Bldg., 7464 Rd. 91, Lewistown
Russells Point N&S — Indian Lake Com. Church, 121 Orchard Island Rd.
Zane Twp. — Middleburg Com. Room, 11845 Green St.
On the issue side, all county voters will be asked if they want to continue to support Logan County Children’s Services. Voters in the Riverside, Ridgemont and Waynesfield-Goshen school districts will decide various school issues, including whether Ridgemont can build a new school near Mt. Victory.
Polls are open Tuesday from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and voters must declare whether they wish to vote Democrat, Republican or independent. A voter who asks for an independent ballot will see only issues.
Two Democrats seek the nomination for the municipal court judge post. Only those requesting a Democrat ballot will see their names. The winner between Bellefontaine attorneys Ann Beck, 59, and Edwin Dougherty, 54, will move on to face the lone Republican seeking the office, West Liberty attorney Steven Fansler.
Ms. Beck has called Mr. Dougherty to task over an issue of about 15 years of federal taxes that went largely unpaid until this year. She also said her experience filling in for retiring Judge John L. Ross and a serious attitude qualify her for the bench. Mr. Dougherty, on the other hand, said his ability to talk and relate with people on a personal level as well as his knowledge and fair application of the law would make him the best choice.
The two races for city offices will only appear on Republican ballots. Seeking the mayoral nod are former mayor, Robert Lentz, 67, and Downtown Bellefontaine Partnership director Marcus St. Clair, 29. The winner will face incumbent Mayor Adam Brannon in the general election.
Mr. Lentz said he believes experience is needed in the mayor’s office to stop overspending, while Mr. St. Clair believes his connection with the business community would help the city grow economically.
Meanwhile, incumbent Second Ward Councilwoman Diane Hager faces a challenge from Allen Hadley. Only the voters who select Republican ballots in Ward 2 will see this race.
Ms. Hager stressed the importance of dealing with the budget deficit and attracting business to the city are her top priorities while Mr. Hadley did not return telephone calls for stories and has done minimal advertising for the election.
On the issue side, all voters in the county will see the Children’s Services issue in which the agency is asking for a 1.2-mill renewal levy for operating expenses. It would cost the owner of a $100,000 property about $36 per year.
Riverside officials would like voters to renew a 2-mill levy that generated $81,000 in 2010 for permanent improvements and maintenance of district facilities and assets.
At Ridgemont, the district is asking for support of an issue that would lead to the construction of a $23 million school for all grades.
The Ohio Schools Facilities Commission will shoulder 76 percent of the project, or about $16.3 million. Property owners in the district must pick up the balance.
The 6.67-mill bond issue would cost the owner of a $100,000 property slightly more than $200 a year, district officials report.
The new school would be located west of Mt. Victory on a 40-acre piece of land along State Route 273 that was donated contingent on the passage of the bond issue.
Only a handful of voters in northwestern Logan County will see the Waynesfield-Goshen issue in which the district seeks renewal of its one-percent, five-year income tax to help pay annual operating expenses.
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