(Plain Press, October, 2016) With early voting beginning in Ohio on October 12th, area residents may be ready to check out what is on the ballot.
Candidates for president and vice president of the United States are at the top of the ballot this year. There are five sets of presidential and vice presidential candidates on the ballot in Ohio: The Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine; the Republican Candidates Donald J. Trump and Michael R. Pence; the Green Party candidates Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka; Gary Johnson and William Weld; and nonparty candidates Richard Duncan and Ricky Johnson.
Next is the United States Senate race. There are five candidates on the ballot in Ohio: Green Party Candidate Joseph R. DeMare, Republican Rob Portman, Nonparty candidate Scott Rupert, Democrat Ted Strickland, and Nonparty candidate Tom Connors.
If you are in the 9th Congressional District candidates for the Representative to Congress are: Democrat Marcy Kaptur and Republican Donald P. Larson. If you are in the 11th Congressional District the candidates are: Democrat Marcia L. Fudge and Republican Beverly A. Goldstein.
On the State of Ohio level voters will be voting for State Representative candidates. If you live in the 10th District Democrat Bill Patmon is running unopposed. If you live in the 15th District Democrat Nicholas J. Celebrezze is running unopposed. If you live in the 13th District Democrat Nickie J. Antonio is running unopposed.
Next on the ballot is Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael C. O’ Malley. He is also running unopposed.
The next race on the ballot is for a new representative for the 11th District of the State Board of Education. Four candidates appear on the ballot: Amy M. Zuren, Meryl Johnson, Bill Bavezzi and Richard T. Montgomery II.
There are also a good number of judicial positions on the ballot. Candidates on the ballot for positions on the Ohio Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals and a good number of races for positions on the Court of Common Pleas. Many of the judicial candidates are running unopposed. Those in contested races are: Ohio Supreme Court candidates John P. O’ Donnell and Pat Fischer; Ohio Supreme Court candidates Cynthia Rice and Pat DeWine; Common Pleas Court candidates Kelly Ann Gallagher and James Cochran; Common Pleas Court candidates Sherrie Miday and Matthew A. McMonagle; Common Pleas Court candidates Joan Synenberg and Andrea Nelson Moore; Common Pleas Court candidates John Mayer and Francine Goldberg; Common Pleas Court candidates Tonya R. Jones and Janet Rath Colaluca;
Cleveland has three issues on the ballot: A Municipal income tax increase from 2% to 2.5%; a Charter Amendment proposing changes in the Board that reviews police conduct; and a renewal of a property tax levy that supports the Cleveland Municipal School District.
To view a sample ballot, visit the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections Website at: www.boe.cuyahogacounty.us and go to “What’s On My Ballot?”. Follow the prompts to put in your city, ward and precinct.
This site can also be used to update your voter information or to print out a voter registration form. If you are not yet registered to vote, you have until October 11th to get your voter registration form into the Cuyahoga Board of Elections. Voters can also register at a number of locations around the neighborhood including: Lincoln West High School, Max Hayes High School, John Marshall High School, Rhodes High School, May Dugan Center and the Spanish American Committee.
Several aides are available online to help voters get more information on candidates and issues. For more information on judicial races visit: Judge4Yourself.com.
The League of Women Voters also has a voter guide available at Vote411.org. The guide offers personalized information on your ballot if you enter your address. The sample ballot on the site allows you to compare candidates’ responses to questions asked by the League of Women Voters. For example, under the Ohio Board of Education on the ballot you can compare the responses of candidates running in the 11th District which includes most of Cuyahoga County. At press time, two of the four candidates running for State Board of Education, Meryl Johnson and Bill Lavezzi, had filled out responses to the League of Women Voters survey. If you scroll down to the bottom of the page you can also watch a U-tube video of an East Side Candidates Forum with candidates for the 11th District Ohio Board of Education.