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Ohio Primary Election is Tomorrow
Posted on: 05/05/2014
By  Mike Cullums
 
To say it's been a quiet election season is an understatement but, ready or not, tomorrow is primary election day in Ohio.  
 
Locally, both parties have one contest.
 
In the Sixth Congressional District, Democrats will choose between Jennifer Garrison of Marietta and Gregory Howard of Albany. The winner will challenge incumbent Republican representative Bill Johnson of Marietta in November.  
 
In the 94th District Ohio House election, Yolan Dennis and Dan Lantz are vying for the Republican nomination to oppose Democratic incumbent Debbie Phillips, who is unopposed in the primary.  
 
If the possibility of two Marietta residents running for Congress isn't unusual enough, how about two residents of  tiny Coal Run running for Washington County Commissioner?
 
The Republican candidates are Rick Walters of Tick Hill Road and Jeremy Barton of Coal Run Hill Road. It appears likely that the winner of tomorrow's race will become the next Commissioner, since there is no Democratic candidate for the seat being vacated by Tim Irvine.  
 
Voters in two school districts will choose whether to renew existing levies.  
 
Voters in the Belpre City School District will vote on the renewal of a 3.65 mill levy. The Warren Local School District is asking for the renewal of a 5.54 mill levy for ten years. 

There's a statewide issue on the ballot that's received very little attention.  State Issue One is a ten-year, $1.9 billion bond issue for new construction of bridges, highways and other infrastructure throughout the state. A yes vote extends the State Capital Improvement Program that was first approved by voters in 1987. 
 
Projects are picked at the local level by regional committees, and many projects here in Washington County have been funded by the bond issue over the past 27 years.   A renewal would allow for up to $175 million to be spent in each of the first five years...then $200 million in each of the next five. Thatís an increase from the current $150 million per year.
   
While Issue One has overwhelming bipartisan support, opponents say that borrowing such large sums of money serves to redistibute wealth from taxpayers to out-of-state investors.  
 
Ohio polls open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. WMOA will broadcast results as soon as they're available.  
 
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