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Candidate forum to focus on judge, city mayor

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Questionnaires mailed to contested race candidates

The Logan County Branch of the American Association of University Women and the Bellefontaine Examiner again are sponsoring a candidate night.

CANDIDATE NIGHT

■ Forum 7 p.m. Oct. 6, at Bellefontaine High School

■ Bellefontaine Municipal Court judgeship and Bellefontaine mayoral candidates will field questons.

■ County candidates for contested races may distribute information at tables.

■ Submit suggested candidate questions to Joel Mast, 592-3060 *119, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; or to Reuben Mees, 592-3060 *136, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

■ Sponsored by the Logan County Branch of the American Association of University Women and the Bellefontaine Examiner.

This year’s event, set for 7 p.m. Oct. 6 at Bellefontaine High School Auditorium, will focus on the countywide race for the Bellefontaine Municipal Court judgeship and the Bellefontaine mayoral race.

Representatives for local ballot issues also will have a brief time to talk about the levies.

Ann Beck of Bellefontaine and Steven J. Fansler of West Liberty are vying for the judicial position while incumbent Democrat Adam Brannon and Republican Robert Lentz, a past mayor and councilman, are facing off for the mayoral spot.

The evening will start with the judicial race and end with the mayoral contest.

Candidates in each race will determine their appearance order by coin flip and the questions will alternate between them. Each candidate can use a minute for rebuttal throughout the questioning.

Examiner readers can help develop the questions by submitting suggestions to Joel Mast at 592-3060, extension *119, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or to Reuben Mees at extension *136, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Suggestions will be accepted until Sept. 9.

Once questions are developed, representatives of the AAUW and the Examiner will review and select the inquiries for the evening. Candidates will not see the questions in advance of the event.

Candidates in other contested races throughout the county are invited to participate in the event by offering information at tables.

Five city posts, three school districts, six townships and five villages have contested races. Of the total 118 candidates, 53 are included in those races.

A packet of information, including a questionnaire seeking responses for future Examiner candidate stories, was mailed today to the 53 candidates who are involved in contested races. Those who face no opposition were not included in the mailing. Candidates are requested to reply along with a photo by Sept. 26.

Bellefontaine

City Auditor Jack Reser, a Republican, will face a Democratic challenge for the auditor's seat this November from Chris Dinovo.

Contested races for city council include the city’s First Ward seat between Incumbent Democrat David Haw and Republican challenger Thomas Reynolds.

Four candidates will vie for the three available Council At-Large seats. Candidates include Democratic incumbent Mark Fissel as well as Republicans Deborah Baker, Allen Hadley and Peter K. DeSomma.

Schools

The school board races featured around the county this year include a six-way competition for three spots at Indian Lake.

Newcomers Tyler Reasor, Glenn H. Honeycutt and Jeffery L. McCullough are challenging incumbents Gary L. Kline and Steven W. Spath and Roderick J. Clark, who recently was appointed to fill a vacancy left when Tom Stein resigned his seat.

At Benjamin Logan, Mike Schmidt is vying for one of two seats currently held by John R. Stanford and Susan Allen.

Three people have thrown their hats in the ring for vacant board seats at Riverside. They are Angie Shoe, Brian P. Knight and Robert Bender. They will replace current members DeeDee Harshbarger and Jim Cox, who are not seeking re-election.

Townships

In township races, voters select one trustee and the fiscal officer this year, with races developing in Jefferson, Lake, Perry, Pleasant, Stokes and Zane townships.

In Jefferson, former trustee Paul H. Blair and  Matthew T. Wiley seek to unseat trustee Michael Dean Kenoyer.

Rebecca M. Wilkins has filed to run for Lake fiscal officer against incumbent Douglas William Boy.

Three Perry residents, Melony Baker, John Brose and Brian Tracey are seeking their first election to a trustee seat.

Incumbent Pleasant fiscal officer Joan Downing faces a challenge from Ronald R. Weiskittle.

The largest of the township races is in Stokes where four candidates seek the trustee seat held by Robert A. Lehman. The challengers are Terry L. Brentlinger, Timothy Shoffstall, William O. Wickersham and Thomas A. Brademeyer.

Races for both trustee and fiscal officer are shaping up in Zane. William Lithgo is squaring off with incumbent trustee Jack L. Graham, while Rhonda S. Grove and Mary L. Henry want the fiscal officer seat of incumbent Terri L. Bennett.

Villages

Four incumbent village mayors face challenges this year while Belle Center also has a contest for council and Huntsville has a two-way race for the clerk-treasurer post.

In Belle Center, current councilwoman Rhonda Fulmer is challenging mayor Theresa A. Johnston. Three candidates, including incumbent John Lowery and newcomers Desee McIntosh and Janet M. Daniels seek to fill two seats on council.

In Rushsylvania, mayor Katrina Eversole faces competition from Phillip A. Wright.

Russells Point mayor Greg Iiams must face Robin Barrett Reames.

Scott David Robinson looks to take the job of West Mansfield mayor from Ed Evans.

And in the Huntsville clerk race, Lori Fisher and Sandra Susan Yelton vie for the job left open by Roxie Tracey’s resignation.

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